Sunday, the bosses of the red shirts will lead the “crowd of cars”

Parents of protesters could face legal action

Protesters from the “Thalu Gas” group wait around the Din Daeng intersection but keep their distance from police Monday evening after many were arrested and their vehicles impounded on Sunday. Others were also remanded in custody for violating the emergency decree. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

Red Shirt activists Sombat Boonngam-anong and Nattawut Saikuar will lead a car crowd rally on Sunday to keep pressure on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ahead of the scheduled censorship debate in parliament.

The plan is the result of a meeting between Mr. Sombat and Mr. Nattawut over the protest scheduled for Sunday, which will be held outside the Thai PBS office on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road at 2 p.m., Sombat said on Facebook.

He said the rally of the car crowd is planned ahead of the vote of no confidence, which will be organized in less than a month by the opposition in parliament against the government.

Other rallies will take place during the debate, he said.

“No matter how MPs vote, the people will vote defiantly. If you don’t resign, that’s what we will do,” he wrote, calling on General Prayut to resign.

The last crowd of cars on August 15 sparked a clash between young protesters and riot police at the Din Daeng intersection.

Separately, police said 42 protesters were arrested in connection with the violent clash at the Din Daeng intersection on Sunday, in which 35 ping-pong bombs were seized along with several guns.

Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawichai, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), said the protesters, who are part of a group calling themselves “Mob Thalu Gas”, face several charges, including an illegal gathering to incite to chaos, violating the Covid-19 Emergency and Restrictions Decree, and illegal possession of firearms.

He said the police were also considering taking legal action against the parents of underage protesters for failing to control their children’s behavior, in accordance with the Child Protection Act.

He said the parents could face a maximum prison term of three months and / or a fine of up to 30,000 baht.

The Thammasat United Front and the protest group gathered outside the Justice Ministry at 9 a.m. on Monday while the Thalugaz protest group said it planned to resume its protest at the Din Daeng intersection in 5.30 p.m.

Sureerat Chiwarak, mother of protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, renewed her appeal for her son to be transferred to Thammasat University Hospital for treatment for Covid-19.

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