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Thammasat student body condemns police actions against protesters


The Thammasat University Student Union (TUSU) on Sunday condemned the police’s use of water cannons on pro-democracy protesters at Sanam Luang earlier the same day.

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Protesters from various pro-democracy groups, including the Ratsadon and the red shirts, had gathered at Democracy Monument on Sunday afternoon. They occupied the streets and later decided to march to nearby Sanam Luang. At around 6.45pm, police used high pressure guns to spray water on the protesters. However, protest leaders later said that the authorities had apologised for "accidentally" spraying the high-pressure water on the crowd.
“The authorities have tried to obstruct peaceful political activities at Sanam Luang on Sunday. They have deployed blockades as well as used water cannons with no necessary reason and no early warning,” said the TUSU. “These actions are against international standards in dispersing public gathering and are a violation of people’s rights.
“The Thammasat University Student Union therefore condemns these actions and demands related authorities to take responsibility in a swift and sincere manner for these unconstitutional actions that are against democratic ways. Furthermore, the government must stop oppressing the people’s political expression.”

Published : November 09, 2020

By : THE NATION