BANGKOK, 26 December 2013 - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is considering terminating an agreement with the Election Commission over the use of its building following clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators.
BMA executives have been surveying damage sustained at Kilawes 2 building inside the Thai-Japanese sports complex after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters. Three tear gas cannons were found at the site and windows have been broken by the impact.
The BMA said it may end its Memorandum of Understanding with the EC on the use of the building over the incident as it violated the terms of agreement, and the City Hall found police treatment to advancing protesters excessively violent.
Meanwhile, Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha commented on the clash at the sports stadium urging all sides to exercise caution and respect the rule of law. He also noted that protesters should scale down on efforts to pressure authorities in a bid to avoid further bloodshed.