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Pattaya Daily News

08 April 2009 :: 13:04:13 pm 27815

Red-Shirts Surround Pattaya Police Station Demanding Release of Prisoner

Late in the evening of 7th April 2009 a large group of red shirt protesters surrounded the Pattaya police station, demanding the release of one of their members who had been arrested for attacking the Prime Minister's car in Pattaya earlier that day.
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As previously reported by PDN, Mr. Wanchalerm Kullasen had notified Pattaya police investigator Pol. Lt. Col. Polakrit Kumsatien, that his motorbike had been damaged by one of the Prime Minister’s bodyguards. At the same time, two women, Mrs. Sumruay Sangprapa and Mrs. Jidapa Tanahuttachai, both red shirt protesters, also reported that they were attacked by the bodyguards. Police sent them to hospital for examination and would investigate their claim further.

However, later on the police were informed that Mr. Wanchalerm was actually the protester who rode his motorbike into the prime minister?s car, so the police arrested him for further investigation.

Later on the same day, at 10.30 pm, a group of 500 red shirts protesters arrived in 8 buses and surrounded the Pattaya police station. Tourists and other people in the station hurried away from the building.

The protesters gave Pattaya Police Superintendent, Pol. Col. Sarayut Sa-ngounpokai, an ultimatum to release Mr. Wanchalerm immediately because he was not the wrong-doer. They said police were using him as a scapegoat because they were under pressure from the government to make arrests that day, following the attack on the Prime Minister’s car.

The police Superintendent tried to negotiate, saying he needed more time to investigate, but the protesters used a megaphone to announce their requests and to accuse the Pattaya police of cheating and corruption. The police then decided to give in to the protesters demands and released Mr. Wanchalerm within 10 minutes.


In addition, Lieutenant Montree Pahjun [48], the head of the prime minister’s bodyguards, accompanied Sergeant Rangsun Yampayung [35], the prime minister?s driver, to report to the Pattaya police.

Sergeant Rangsun, residing at 41 /2 Moo. 3, Borpong, Nakorn Loung, Ayuthaya, met with Pattaya Investigator, Pol.Maj Sa-nay Yosroongreung, to provide information about the damage to the prime minister’s car, and also the injuries he had sustained during the attack.


He said the damage to the car was estimated at 40,000 baht. He also presented a doctor’s medical report concerning the wounds on his face. Police registered his complaint accordingly.

However, the driver said he didn?t want to sue the red shirt protesters and would prefer to compromise.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Politics News

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