Urban architecture volunteers, calculating the mass of protesters on 22 December 2013 from aerial shots and acreage, have put the final tally at approximately 6 million people (at 18.00 hours). The total consists of 4.8 million protesters from the 5 satellite stage areas covering approximately 650,000 square meters (Lumpini park, Asoke, Rachaprasong, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and Victory Monument areas) combined with 1.2 million along and around Rajdamnoen Avenue covering approximately 218,000 square meters (the error of margin is +/- 20%).
The following photo set contains pictures of the 5 satellite stage and Rajdamnoen areas and protester tallies at 18.00 hours on 22 December 2013.
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BANGKOK, Dec 23 – The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said legal action will be taken separately against 38 anti-government protest leaders, as demonstrators today stormed the agency’s headquarters to press for fair treatment.
DSI director-general Tarit Pengdit said the agency will file charges against 38 protest leaders. The Court has already issued an arrest warrant for one of them, Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), on charges of insurrection.
DSI investigators have summoned the other 37 accused. All their cases will be prosecuted separately.
He said the agency has sufficient evidence to file charges against them and is waiting for copies of the alleged protest leaders’ 6-month bank statements in order to trace possible financial sponsors of the movement.
The DSI chief’s announcement came as protesters led by Nitithorn Lamlua, a leader of the Network of Students and People for Thailand’s Reform (NSPTR), a movement allied to the PDRC, rallied outside the agency’s headquarters in Chaengwattana Road to protest its move to charge protest leaders with insurrection and to freeze their bank accounts.
Mr Tarit however was not at the DSI headquarters today as he moved to the Software Park Building and held a meeting there.
The demonstrators later returned to their main rally sites, while protest leaders vowed that they would come back to the DSI compound on Thursday and Friday to meet Mr Tarit following his summons. (MCOT online news)
Some 2,000 protesters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee led by Ms Anchalee Praireerat and Nitithorn Lumlua stormed the compound of the DSI and about 200 of them broke into the building and then engaged in a scuffle with police guarding the building, said Tarit Monday.
He claimed that two notebooks belonging to the DSI and a microphone of a TV Channel 3 reporter had been missing.
He said that illegal encroachment and theft charges would be lodged with the police against the protest leaders.
The protesters, most of them members of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand, left the DSI at about 2 p.m.
Uthai Yodmanee, a coordination of the network, said that although the protesters did not meet with Tarit, their storming of the DS
Anti-government protesters surrounding Din Daeng police station to object to election sign-up this morning were startled by sudden gunshot-and-explosion-like sounds in the station’s vicinity. Rally leaders Bhutiphong Punnagan and Chumpol Julsai immediately told protesters to remain calm and seated, and demanded details from the police. Subsequently the police indicated that no shots had been fired and that the disruption originated around a nearby hotel’s parking lot. The police are investigating the incident and have requested closed-circuit pictures showing suspicious activities of two “men-in-black” on level 2B of the hotel parking lot.
Several gunshots were fired while anti-Thaksin regime protesters were gathering in front of the Din Daeng police station.
The seizure was described by protesters as not to blockade registration application but merely to see the faces of party executives who remain defiant to register for election.
Four gunshots were fire but there was no injury.
Angry protesters demanded the local police chief and deputy commissioner of the metropolitan police bureau to find out the man who fired the shots which were fired from the police station compound.
The shooting happened while protesters and the police have agreed to pull out and return to the Victory Monument
But the protesters now rejected the pull out and demanded the police to explain why the shooting happened.
The police said the shooting was fired from the car park of a hotel not from the police station.