Police use tear gas on anti government protesters


BANGKOK, 26 December 2013 – Police fired tear gas at protesters who were trying to break into the Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Center where the electoral registration was taking place this morning.

A large number of protesters have encircled the Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Center in the heart of Bangkok early Thursday morning and have been trying to break in as political parties were waiting for the drawing of election numbers inside the venue.

The Election Commission had asked 34 political parties to come Thursday morning for the drawing despite a threat by the anti government leader, Suthep Thuagsuban that they would rally at the venue again in an attempt to derail the general election set on February 2 next year.

A number of protesters have been injured by tear gas and rubber bullets fired by the police; however, they refused to disperse and still encircle the building.