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Police defend Pathumwan crackdown

Police defend Pathumwan crackdown

‘International standards’ followed and water from cannon contained no harmful chemicals

Police fire water cannon on pro-democracy protesters who gathered at the Pathumwan intersection in central Bangkok on Friday night. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

Police have defended the dispersal of anti-government demonstrators at the Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok on Friday night, saying they followed international standards for crowd control and that water sprayed from cannons did not contain dangerous chemicals.

No dangerous weapons were used in the operation against a crowd of around 2,000, said Pol Maj Gen Yingyos Thepchamnong, spokesman for the Royal Thai Police.

He stressed that officers did not want to do anything that…

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