14 August 2021

Thalu Fah

For King and Country
Riot police have fired rubber bullets at anti-government protesters in Bangkok for the third time this week. On all three occasions—10th, 11th, and 13th August—protesters gathered in the afternoon at Victory Monument before marching towards Prayut Chan-o-cha’s residence on Vipavadee Rangsit Road. With access blocked by shipping containers at Sam Liam Din Deang, the protesters threw firecrackers, while riot police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them.

Yesterday’s protest was organised by Thalu Fah. Although the rally officially ended shortly after 5pm, some stragglers remained and fought street battles with riot police. They also burnt a police booth at nearby Ratchathewi. Again, these events were a carbon copy of those on 10th and 11th August.

One protest leader, Tanat Thanakitamnuay, was hit in the eye by a rubber bullet. In 2010, he drove his Porsche into a crowd of red-shirt protesters, though he recently switched sides and joined the anti-Prayut movement. He appeared in the 2014 Vice News documentary For King and Country, which followed him and his fellow overprivileged, spoilt young royalists as they drove around aimlessly in their supercars.