A little after 2pm, Ratsadon guards began dismantling police barricades leading to Parliament House. Police announcement gave them five minutes to cease and desist before the use of water cannons.
Five minutes later, they fired water cannons laced with chemicals at the Ratsadon guards. In retaliation, protestors threw smoke canisters at the police.
The police refused to let protestors get within 50 meters of Parliament House.
By 3pm, water cannon trucks and riot police in full gear, armed with rifles and rubber bullets, blockaded all entries towards Parliament House.
Protestors continued their approach.
The police fired water cannons laced with chemicals twice more at the protestors, each time lasting no more than 15 seconds.
According to reports, over 20 protestors have been injured.
There’s a tense standoff with the police sporadically firing water cannons laced with chemicals at the protestors every time they try to approach the barricades and police lines.
This is the third incident in which the police have used water cannons against protestors. The first time was on 16 October at Pathumwan Intersection. The second time was the march to the Grand Palance on 8 November.
However, this is the first time the police have rifles and rubber bullets ready.
Today, the parliament debates over the motion to form a Constitutional Drafting Committee to oversee constitutional amendments.
The pro-democracy Ratsadon Movement’s objective at the Parliament House protest this evening is to pressure the MPs and senators to follow through with the legal process to amend/rewrite the 2017 constitution.