BANGKOK – Four Bangkok police officers have been hospitalised after they were beaten by anti-government protesters, according to a police statement.
Spokesperson office of the Royal Thai Police said the 4 officers were detectives operating under the Special Branch Police.
According to the statement, at around 23.00 last night the officers were gathering intelligence near Lumpini Park where supporters of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) were holding a rally.
Suddenly, the police claimed, a group of protester guards attacked the detectives. They were later sent to hospital.
3 of the officers suffered from bruises, while the other officer lost 3 teeth and had small wounds on his face, the police said.
Their conditions have been described as stable.
Meanwhile in Chiang Mai A group of Chiang Mai University academics and students has held a candlelit vigil to oppose any possible military coup.
Thailand is once again gripped by rumours that the army might stage a coup to oust the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, amid the ongoing mass protests against her.
Over 100 people joined the vigil, which was held this evening in front of Kawila army barrack in Chiang Mai′s Mueang district. Some activists placed candles around the barrack′s entrance, while others held up placards expressing support for non-violence and democracy.
The students and academics also staged a brief sit-in to voice their opposition to “civil war” and military coup.
Although the army did not send any representative to meet with the group, some soldiers could be seen treating the protesters with friendly gestures throughout the vigil. – Reported By Khaosod English