Demonstrators protest Police Chief’s absence from voting for PM


A “CAR MOB” procession of automobiles and motorcycles showed up at national police headquarters on Rama 1 road to ask why National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat did not attend the joint House/senate meeting last Thursday to vote for Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat as prime minister, Matichon newspaper said this afternoon (July 16).

The procession, entitled “Respect my Vote”, was called by Mr. Anon Nampha, a well-known political activist and human rights lawyer, to go and submit a letter of resignation as senator to some of those who did not show up that day.

After submitting these letters at the army headquarters on Ratchadamnoen Nok road and navy headquarters on Arun Amarin road, the procession returned to the Democracy Monument and at 3.45 p.m. headed for the police headquarters. Another group of protesters had already gathered in front of Bangkok Art & Culture Centre.

Meanwhile police had used metal barriers to set up a roadblock at Chalerm Pao intersection on the side heading for Ratchaprasong intersection with three policemen manning it. A bigger group of policemen armed with shields guarded the locked entrance to the police compound with a canvas sheet covering the signage.

When the procession arrived here two representatives, Mr. Thatchapong Kaedum, or Boy, and Mr. Sopon or Get Mok Luang Rim Nam, gave speeches.

They questioned why Pol. Gen. Damrongsak did not attend the joint House/senate meeting that day considering voters had headed to cast their votes from early in the morning on general election day May 14.

They then handed a pink rubber pig doll and a pony-shaped soap bubble gun to his representative, Pol. Col. Anuson Nithichalermwong, to go and give them to him.

After that they held a curse ritual burning salt and chillies before departing for the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre.


The demonstrators at the national police headquarters this afternoon, July 16, 2023. Photos: Matichon

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