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Thai police got into trouble after a chaotic political protest

Bangkok (AP)-Police in the Thai capital were injured 55 people, six of whom were shot injured the day after violence hurt protests outside parliament by protesters in support of democratization. It was.

Protesters gathered in central Bangkok late Wednesday, angry at what they saw as a disproportionate use of force against them by police using chemical water cannons and tear gas.

The protest on Tuesday was held as a joint session of the House of Representatives, where the Senate discussed seven motions to amend the Constitution. Voting for the motion took place on Wednesday. Those who pass must pass the second and third votes at least one month later.

According to Erawan paramedics, 55 people were sent to the hospital in protest on Tuesday, suffering most from the effects of tear gas. On Wednesday, four remained in the hospital, including three out of six who said they had a gunshot wound. The status of the shooting was not announced.

Some injuries occurred during a quarrel between protesters in favor of democratization and the royalists of stone throwing against constitutional amendment.

Police had previously used water cannons at least twice, which was the worst violence in months of opposition to democratization. The protests are staged an increasingly decisive mass rally of thousands of people across the country.

At a press conference on Wednesday, police talked about only the two who had gunshot wounds, showing that they were not responsible.

“We are investigating who is behind the shooting,” said Colonel Kissana Fatanacharoen, deputy police spokesman. “Yesterday’s police operation confirmed that police were not using rubber or bullets.”

The Rajprasong intersection, in the middle of the city’s prestigious shopping district, the venue for Wednesday’s protest, is just minutes from police headquarters. A group of police drilling and riot-control vehicles was seen in the courtyard on Wednesday morning.

The protest on Tuesday was to pressure lawmakers to approve the most comprehensive of the seven motions on constitutional amendment. The motion submitted by iLaw, the Internet Legal Reform Dialogue, will make it possible to change all aspects of the Charter, including articles dealing with monarchy. It is almost certain that you will be voted against.

For the Thai royalists, the monarchy is an unruly system that is the heart and soul of the country. Public criticism is unprecedented, as the profane law imposes defamation of the monarch and his close relatives up to 15 years in prison.

Protesters believe that the monarchy has too much power under what appears to be constitutional democracy and want to make the Royal Institution more transparent and accountable. I will. They also hope that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha and his government will resign, reducing the powers given to non-elected institutions such as the Senate and amending the Constitution to be more democratic.

Most of the violence on Tuesday was when police used tear gas and water cannons against student-led demonstrators as they attempted to cross barbed wire and other barriers into parliamentary grounds outside Bangkok. Occurred in.

After about six hours of turmoil, protest leader Palit “Penguins” Chiwarak announced the end of the protest, saying he had sufficient grounds to declare that the demonstrators had achieved the goal of surrounding Congress. ..

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