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Thai police use rubber bullets to disperse protest over APEC summit

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Thai police use rubber bullets to disperse protest over APEC summit

DISSENT. A demonstrator is detained by a riot police officer during a protest against the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2022, near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand November 18, 2022.

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Videos show protesters trying to overturn a police car, throwing projectiles and charging at police, while officers in riot gear advance on them with shields and beat them back with batons

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thai police on Friday, November 18, fired rubber bullets to disperse a protest against the APEC summit in Bangkok, a police official in charge of the event’s security taskforce said.

About 350 protesters had gathered and clashed with police, Ashyan Kraithong said, about 10 kilometers from the venue where leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group are meeting.

Videos on social media showed protesters trying to overturn a police car, throwing projectiles and charging at police, while officers in riot gear advanced on them with shields and beat them back with batons.

Youth activist Patsaravalee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon, who was at the demonstration, said people were protesting against the APEC summit and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

“The police have overreacted. They are using rubber bullets on us and tried to stop us many times,” she told Reuters.

Police arrested 10 protesters.

“The protesters broke the law, physically assaulted police officers,” Ashyan said, adding that five officers were injured. – Rappler.com

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