SARABURI — A Redshirt supporter was hospitalised after anti-government protest guards beat him up for shouting insults at demonstrators yesterday, police in Saraburi province say.
According to police, the incident took place during a demonstration by supporters of the People's Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) on Phahonyothin Road, led by monk and core PCAD leader Buddha Issara.
As the protesters were marching past Phra Phutthabat hospital, a motorist rolled down his window to shout insults at the protesters for blocking traffic. He also held up a T-Shirt with the image of ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, police say.
Enraged by the gesture, a group of PCAD guards reportedly dragged the man out of his car and beat him repeatedly. The guards also smashed the windows of the man's vehicle, police say.
Another incident occurred when a woman stopped her car and also loudly criticised the PCAD's disruption of traffic. The woman managed to speed away before guards were able to detain her, but two gunshots were reportedly fired in her direction.
One of the bullets hit the back of a pick-up truck that belongs to a man who parked his car to watch the confrontation. The man has filed complaint with the police, an officer at Phra Phuttabat Police Station said.
The man who was allegedly beaten up by the PCAD guards was identified as 50-year-old Kollayuth. He is said to have received medical treatments at Phra Phuttabat Hospital for injuries to the face.
The police say they are interrogating witnesses in the area.
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