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25 Nov
SHOTS FIRED: Three loud bangs resembling gunshots were heard close to the protest site in front of Siam Commercial Bank headquarters just as demonstrators were leaving. A firecracker was also reportedly thrown at them. Reports say at least 1 injured. #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB #Thailand
Traces of what appeared to be handgun bullets were also found at the protest site, suggesting that they were indeed gunshots. Forensic police are at the scene to investigate. #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB #Thailand #KE #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
UPDATE: Reports say the man who fired shots at pro-democracy protesters was arrested at the scene, and police have found the firearm used in the shooting. No other details of the perpetrator so far. #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB #Thailand #KE #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
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25 Nov
Inflatable duck boats, which have become a sort of a comedy icon of the pro-democracy movement, have arrived in front of the Siam Commercial Bank headquarters in northern Bangkok for today's protest. #Thailand #KE #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
Move over, crytocurrency! The activists hand out parody banknotes (ie coupons) with the portrait of the yellow duck. Each of them is worth 10 baht and can be used to buy food from participating hawkers, or "CIA," around the protest site. #Thailand #KE #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB
Fun Fact! The duck is formally given a title as กรมหลวงเกียกกายราษฎรบริรักษ์ by the protesters, which translates roughly to Lord Prince Protector of the People of Kiakkai. #Thailand #KE #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB
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25 Nov
WTF Thailand: Traffic chaos broke out in downtown Bangkok after commuters woke up to find cops blocking some roads with containers to deter a march to the Crown Property Bureau -- even though the protest was already moved to another location. #Thailand #รถติด #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB
Police made no announcement about the barricades, which literally appeared overnight, adding more woes to rush hour traffic in Bangkok this morning. Today's demonstration is set to take place at Siam Commerical Bank HQ, nearly 15 km away. #Thailand #รถติด #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB
Meanwhile, ultraroyalists were free to gather in front of the parliament building without attempts by the police to disperse them. A parliament official even met with the pro-monarchy protesters and accepted their petition. #Thailand #25พฤศจิกาไปSCB #WhatsHappeningInThailand
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18 Nov
Protesters have begun their march to the Royal Thai Police headquarters down the road from Ratchaprasong Intersection. Many of them are furious at police's use of teargas and water cannons in yesterday's rally. #18พฤศจิกาไปราษฎร์ประสงค์ #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
At least 2,000 police officers are waiting for the marchers inside the police HQ, backed by crowd control vehicles like water cannons and long-range acoustic device (LRAD). #18พฤศจิกาไปราษฎร์ประสงค์ #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
How you like that!? Protesters pump water guns at police in a lighthearted retaliation for using water cannons on demonstrators yesterday. #18พฤศจิกาไปราษฎร์ประสงค์ #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
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18 Nov
Right on time! A police officer arrived at Ratchaprasong Intersection to tell demonstrators to disperse and vacate the area. The protesters replied by standing their ground and flashing the three-finger salute. #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #Thailand #KE #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
Ratchaprasong Intersection is now full of protesters. Fun fact: the intersection's Thai name means "Royal Wishes." Activists say they will change it to Ratsaprasong today, meaning "People's Wishes" #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #Thailand #KE #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
It's been less than 30 minutes since the official time of the protest, but there's already a large crowd at Ratchaprasong Intersection.

Many journalists are overheard saying "it's gonna be a long day." #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #Thailand #KE #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
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18 Nov
Police HQ building is ringed with razor wires ahead of today's 4pm protest at Ratchaprasong Intersection. #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #Thailand #KE #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
There are also metal barricades on the sidewalk around the shopping district of Ratchaprasong. #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #Thailand #KE #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
Looks like it would be another wet day. A water cannon truck just arrived at police HQ close to Ratchaprasong. #ม็อบ18พฤศจิกา #Thailand #KE #WhatsHappeninglnThailand
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17 Nov
Total chaos now at Kiakkai Intersection, where gunfire can still be heard as anti-government protesters and ultraroyalists skirmish with each other. #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน #Thailand #whatshappeninginthailand
People injured in the clashes continue to be brought out of the area by rescue workers. It seems to be a pure protesters-on-protesters violence now; no intervention from the police so far. #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน #Thailand #whatshappeninginthailand
A man in yellow shirt was sent to hospital after a group of unidentified assailants reportedly struck him in the head with wooden sticks and fled the scene close to the parliament. #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน #Thailand #whatshappeninginthailand
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17 Nov
ESCALATION AT THE PARLIAMENT: Riot police launch high pressure water at pro-democracy frontline protesters who try to remove the barricades and approach the parliament building for today's rally. #Thailand #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน #whatshappeninginthailand
Teargas agents may also have been used. Reporters at the scene smell teargas in the air, and riot police are seen donning their gasmasks while the water cannon is being launched at the protesters. #Thailand #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน #whatshappeninginthailand
The clash took place when volunteer guards of the pro-democracy movement attempted to remove obstacles laid down by the police and clear the way for other demonstrators expected to gather at the parliament this afternoon. #Thailand #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน #whatshappeninginthailand
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17 Nov
Paranoia at the Parliament: naval officials patrol in their boats on Chao Phraya River close to the Parliament to prevent possible attempt by anti-government activists to approach the building via the river. #Thailand #KE #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน
The navy and police deploy their patrol boats after activists suggest, somewhat half-jokingly, that they would "invade" the parliament building by paddling across the river on recreational boats used in public parks. #Thailand #KE #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน
The authorities seem to take the potential threat of an invasion by pro-democracy "Ducky Boats" very seriously. Marine department was instructed to monitor all river piers close to the Parliament for any sign of an amphibious landing. #Thailand #KE #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกายน
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25 Oct
Anti-government protesters are gathering at Ratchaprasong Intersection after the deadline for PM Prayut Chan-o-cha's resignation has passed. #ม็อบ25ตุลา #whatshappeninginThaiand #Thailand #KE
Many demonstrators are occupying parts of the intersection and the Skywalk over Ratchaprasong. Today's protest is billed as a "warmup" to the march from Samyan district to the German Embassy tomorrow. #ม็อบ25ตุลา #whatshappeninginThaiand #Thailand #KE
The protest is getting lively now at Ratchaprasong Intersection. Demonstrators are calling for PM Prayut Chan-o-cha's resignation, a more democratic charter, and reforms of the monarchy. #ม็อบ25ตุลา #whatshappeninginThaiand #Thailand #KE
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16 Oct
Anti-government protest is now starting at Pathumwan Intersection after words of the new venue spread on social media.

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LIVE from anti-government rally at Pathum Wan Intersection after protesters moved their venue in response to police’s shut down of Ratchaprasong

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16 Oct
BREAKING NEWS: Anti-government protesters move their venue to Pathumwan Intersection in response to the police's shutdown of Ratchaprasong. #Thailand #KE #16ตุลาไปแยกปทุมวัน #whatshappeninginthailand
The announcement is a massive "เท" (flake) to hundreds of police deployed at Ratchaprasong Intersection to deter the protest. Smh at millennials and Gen-Z kids these days. #Thailand #KE #16ตุลาไปแยกปทุมวัน #whatshappeninginthailand
Police officers are now arriving at Pathumwan Intersection in anticipation of the protest at 5pm. #Thailand #KE #16ตุลาไปแยกปทุมวัน #whatshappeninginthailand
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16 Oct
LIVE from Ratchaprasong Intersection as police begin to cordon off the planned venue for anti-government protest. #16ตุลาไปราชประสงค์ #whatishappeninginthailand #Thailand #KE

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The intersection usually crowded with shoppers and office workers is now deserted, except for the swarms of security officers and police vehicles who have descended on the area. facebook.com/KhaosodEnglish…

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16 Oct
BREAKING NEWS: Police are raiding the Progressive Party Movement's headquarters as group leader and former MP Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is giving a news conference. #16ตุลาไปราชประสงค์ #whatshappeninginthailand #คณะก้าวหน้า

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Not immediately clear what business police officers have with the Progressive Party Movement. Building staff have asked the officers to wait until Piyabutr finishes his news conference before entering the office. #16ตุลาไปราชประสงค์ #whatshappeninginthailand #คณะก้าวหน้า
A police officer now cites the Emergency Decree to search the Progressive Party Movement's headquarters and look for "illegal material," without specifying what contents are believed to be inside the office. #16ตุลาไปราชประสงค์ #whatshappeninginthailand #คณะก้าวหน้า
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15 Oct
BREAKING: Police push back anti-government protesters from the BTS Skywalk over Ratchaprasong Intersection. The officers said the area is closed due to the new emergency decree #15ตุลาไปราชประสงค์ #Thailand #KE
The protesters are now cleared from the skywalk. Some are gathering in front of CentralWorld shopping mall to wait for the official start of the rally at 4pm. #15ตุลาไปราชประสงค์ #Thailand #KE
Demonstrators are now taking to the road close to Ratchaprasong Intersection in defiance of the emergency decree. #15ตุลาไปราชประสงค์ #Thailand #KE
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14 Oct
BREAKING NEWS: Some protesters are now headed toward Dusit Palace's Royal Plaza. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563 #Thailand #KE Image
A video of protesters spilling into Suan Misakawan Intersection – just a stone's throw away from the Royal Plaza. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563 #Thailand #KE

Photos of the demonstrators passing through Nang Loeng Intersection on their march to Government House earlier today. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563 #Thailand #KE ImageImage
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14 Oct
BREAKING NEWS: Police are now moving in to push back protesters from Government House. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563

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CHAOS AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE: Police are attacking and pushing protesters back from a motorcade. One protester shouts "I can't breathe!" #Thailand #KE #คณะราษฎร2563 #ม็อบ14ตุลา Image
A vehicle passes through the protest in front of Government House as police officers are shoving protesters away, causing a great uproar of anger. #Thailand #KE #คณะราษฎร2563 #ม็อบ14ตุลา Image
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14 Oct
BREAKING! Demonstrators are renewing their push to march toward Government House. Yellow-clad individuals are lining up across Nakhon Sawan Road, possibly in a bid to block the protesters. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563 #Thailand #KE

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The yellow shirt individuals are waiting just behind a line of police officers. Their intention is unclear; a woman interviewed by Khaosod English refuses to say whether they are civilians or police officers. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563 #Thailand #KE Image
Very strange situation on Nakhon Sawan Road. Scores of people clad in yellow shirt are blocking the intersection that leads to Government House, and they refuse to identify themselves whether they are civilians or security officers. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563 #Thailand #KE ImageImage
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14 Oct
Police officers are barricading Thewakam Rangrak Bridge to stop the demonstrators from reaching Government House. Situation is tense, with protesters shouting at cops to make way. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563

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LIVE from Thewakam Rangrak Bridge where protest frontliners are linking arms and demanding the police let them continue on their way to Government House. facebook.com/KhaosodEnglish… #ม๊อบ14ตุลา #คณะราษฎร2563 Image
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14 Oct
LIVE Part 3: Protesters storm and dismantle barricades around Democracy Monument, "seizing" it back to the public. They are now preparing to march on Government House. #Thailand #KE #ม็อบ14ตุลา

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It's the first "mission accomplished" for the anti-government activists, who had pledged earlier to reopen the landmark to the public. City officials sealed off Democracy Monument in recent years, turning it into a private "garden." #Thailand #KE #ม็อบ14ตุลา Image
Democracy Monument was built in 1939 to celebrate the overthrow of absolute monarchy 7 years earlier. It's also the focal point of a student uprising that toppled the military dictatorship on Oct. 14, 1973. #Thailand #KE #ม็อบ14ตุลา Image
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