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Timeline of Tuesday’s protests around Parliament
PoliticsNov 17. 2020
By The Nation
7.55am: Traffic is blocked from entering Samsen Road and Thahan Road leading to Kiakkai Intersection near Parliament.
1.15pm: The Navy deploys 20 boats in case it needs to evacuate Senators and MPs deliberating charter-change motions in the riverside Parliament building. Protesters gather outside.
2.03pm: The United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group asks demonstrators to gather at Kiakkai intersection at 3pm. The Free Youth group asks supporters to bring along inflatable rubber ducks to ride in front of the building. Protesters reiterate Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanakul’s demand that Parliament must pass iLaw’s draft constitution.
2.17pm: Protesters in front of the Boon Rawd Brewery building attempt to clear a concrete and barbed-wire barrier erected by police to protect Parliament. Riot police issue a warning then open fire with water-cannon trucks.
3.10pm: At Kiakkai intersection, riot police continue to warn the demonstrators to stop approaching the barrier or water cannon will be fired.
3.12pm: Police fire water cannon after protesters try to remove barriers.
3.20pm: Police spokesperson Kritsana Pattanacharoen announces that riot police fired water cannon, minus chemicals, after protesters ignored the first warning not to dismantle the barricade. After they ignored further warnings, tear gas was added to the water fired at protesters, he said, adding this was just normal law enforcement rather than an attempt to clear the protest.
3.25pm: A protester throws a smoke bomb at riot police.
3.28pm Police push back protesters with more rounds of water cannon laced with tear gas.
3.50pm: Inside Parliament, Move Forward MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn calls on police to refrain from using violence against demonstrators exercising their lawful right to protest.
3.55pm: Senators and MPs are evacuated by boat from the pier behind Parliament, escorted by a security team and marines.
4.20pm: Riot police continue to spray water at protesters who approach the barrier guarding Parliament. Some protesters shield themselves from the tear gas solution using rainwear, umbrellas and giant inflatable rubber ducks.
4.33pm: The Chao Phraya Express Boat service tells passengers to avoid Kiakkai pier and use other routes.
4.43pm: Protesters drag away a police van parked to block their path.
4.50pm: Shinawatra Chankrachang, leader of the New Generation Network of Nonthaburi protest group, leads a small flotilla of boats to Kiakkai pier. Officials bar protesters from entering Parliament.
4.55pm: Another water truck joins the operation as police continue to spray both plain and a teargas-laced water at protesters.
5.08pm: Protesters break down the metal fence erected at Kiakkai intersection and hurl objects at riot police.
5.11pm: Protesters clash with yellow-shirt government supporters at the other side of the intersection, as both sides hurl bottles and rocks at each other.
5.25pm: Opposition MPs protest to the Parliament president and seek to coordinate with police outside to halt the violence against protesters.
5.35pm: Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Piya Tawichai gives an update on the operation, explaining riot police used tear gas and water cannon to prevent protesters breaking through towards Parliament, adding that demonstrators had thrown a flare and firecracker at police. He insisted that protesters would not be permitted to approach Parliament where they could do damage.
6pm: Police gave their summary of the day’s protest around Parliament. Four rallies had taken place, but only three groups had been granted permission to protest on November 17-18: the ultraroyalist Thai Phakdee, People Political groups, and a monarchy protection group.
Police said the anti-government Ratsadon (People’s Party) had not asked for permission to protest as per emergency law.
9pm: Protesters call off demonstration for the day.
Protest leader Arnon Nampa calls for ‘one million’ demonstrators to gather at Ratchaprasong Intersection tomorrow at 4pm, shifting focus away from Parliament.
Lawmakers expected to continue debating charter change motions until 10pm.
6.05pm: Shinawatra Chankrachang jumps into the Chao Phraya River at Kiakkai pier but fails in his bid to swim to the Parliament building. Police continue to fire occasional water cannon volleys at protesters.
6.43pm: Metropolitan police commander Phukphong Phongpetra negotiates with protesters.
7.14pm: Protesters try to deflate tyres of water cannon trucks.
7.26pm: Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panupong “Mike” Jadnok lead protesters as they break through the police line at Kiakkai Intersection and march to Parliament
8.20pm: Ratsadon (People’s Party) and yellow-shirt protesters clash again.
8.29pm: An ambulance arrives at Kiakkai intersection.
8.31pm: It carries away casualties from both sides of the clash. Bangkok’s Erawan Medical Centre later reports a total of 18 people were injured in the protests, 12 suffering the effects of tear gas.
8.40pm: Confrontation eases. Ratsadon calls on its supporters to retreat to Parliament building fence for safety.
8.50pm: At the entry to Parliament, Anon Nampa announces that if Parliament rejects iLaw’s draft tomorrow, protesters will gather at Ratchaprasong intersection at 4pm.
9pm: Parit announces protesters will march from Ratchaprasong to Royal Thai Police headquarters tomorrow. United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration posts similar message, declaring: ‘This is the last warning! If they do not accept the people’s constitution, there will be no more compromises. Rally at Ratchaprasong Intersection tomorrow (November 18) at 4pm.’
9.33pm: Protesters call off demonstration for the day.