Phuket residents surround police station & burn police vehicles after police truck chases & accidentally hits motorcycle that sped past police checkpoint, killing two two young men who were apparently carrying drugs. (Source: YouTube)
Phuket residents surround police station & burn police vehicles after police truck chases & accidentally hits motorcycle that sped past police checkpoint, killing two two young men who were apparently carrying drugs.
Phuket riot after police chase deaths
Adapted from article by Achadtaya Chuenniran & online reporters
About 300 angry residents laid siege to the Thalang police station in Phuket in what eventually turned into a riot on Saturday night with the crowd setting fire to a number of vehicles.
The crowd of local residents was angered after two young men died when their motorcycle was hit by a police truck chasing them after they had sped through a police checkpoint.
POLICE CHASE & CRASH
At about 11am on Saturday two young men aged 22 and 17 sped past a police checkpoint in Phuket on a motorcycle without stopping.
The police chased the motorcycle with a pick-up truck.
The truck eventually hit the fleeing motorcycle.
The two young men were seriously injured in the collision and by the time they reached the nearby hospital they were dead.
A search found that one of the young men was carrying 50 methamphetamine pills and other had nearly one kilogramme of krathom leaves in his backpack.
LOCALS RIOT AT POLICE STATION
Angered by the deaths, the families of the young men and about 100 local residents went to the local Thalang police station to protest the deaths, accusing the police of overreacting.
The crowd smashed the glass in the police station and damaged the police station.
The crowd then blocked the road in front of the police station with steel barriers and set up tents, completely closing down the flow of traffic to and from the town of Phuket.
Air passengers to Phuket's airport had to take a detour. Some tourists arrived late at the airport and missed their flights.
The Phuket police chief and local government officials rushed to the scene of the protest to calm down the protesters.
The siege of the police station by the protesters continued into the night and at about 10.30pm, 15 anti-riot police arrived to reinforce the 30-strong police force to protect the police station.
The protesters then poured gasoline on police vehicles parked in the area and set them on fire.
Fire engines were called to put out the fire, but they could not break through the cordon of protesters to put out the fire.
At least nine vehicles were completely destroyed by fire.
At 2.30am, the police spokesman announced that the four police officers who were involved in the incident had been transferred to regional police headquarters pending investigation.
The crowd finally dispersed at 3.30am in the morning after the military intervened and promised to arrange for talks between the relatives of the dead and the police.
During the 15-hour siege, the protesters damaged the police station and set fire to nine vehicles.
They also smashed and damaged 13 other cars and five motorcycles.
Fourteen policemen reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident.
A group villagers protest because they are not satisfied of with the result of a meeting between relatives of the two dead men and the Phuket police chief. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
PANEL TO PROBE INCIDENT
Phuket governor Chamroen Thippongthada has announced that a committee will be set up to investigate the incident.
The committee will include doctors, military officers, district officials and police.
The investigation was expected to be completed in 30 days.
If it was proved police were to blame for the incident which led to the death of the two young men, they would be subject to legal action and relatives of the victims would be fairly compensated.
A review of police operational procedures would be made to pinpoint any flaws.
Burnt cars near police station after riot (Source: Twitter)
Damage inside police station after riot (Source: Twitter)
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accuse : to say that someone has done something wrong or committed a crime - กล่าวหา
adapt : to change something to suit different conditions or uses - ทำให้เหมาะ, ทำให้เข้ากับ, ปรับ
adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร
announce : to tell people something officially, especially about a decision, plans, etc - ประกาศ, แจ้ง, แจ้งให้ทราบ
anti (adjective): against - ตรงกันข้าม, ต้าน
arrange : to plan or organize something in advance - จัดเตรียม, เตรียมการ
backpack : a large bag, often supported on a light metal frame, carried on the back and used especially by people who go climbing or walking - เป้สะพายหลัง, กระเป๋าสะพายหลัง
barrier : a bar or gate that stops people, animals or vehicles from entering a place - สิ่งกีดขวางทางผ่าน
block : to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
break through : enter by force -
calm down : to become or make somebody become quiet and more relaxed after strong emotion or excitement - ทำให้สงบ, ทำให้นิ่งเฉย
chase : an act of running or driving after somebody/something in order to catch them - การไล่ตาม
checkpoint : a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ
collision : an accident in which a vehicle or person that is moving crashes into something - การชนประสานงา
completely (adv): totally, in every way possible - อย่างทั้งหมด
continued : happening or existing for a period of time without interruption - ซึ่งติดต่อกัน, ซึ่งต่อเนื่องกัน
cordon (noun): a line of people, especially police officers or soldiers, or some kind of barrier that stops other people from going somewhere - แถวของตำรวจที่มาปิดล้อม, สิ่งกีดขวาง
crowd : many people gathered at one place - ฝูงชน, กลุ่มคน, มวลชน
damage (verb): to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย
destroy (verb): to damage something so badly that it no longer exists, works, etc - ทำลาย
detour : a road or route that is used when the usual one is closed - เส้นทางอ้อม
disperse : (of a crowd) to cause to separate and move in different directions, i.e., to end being a crowd - สลาย (การชุมนุม)
eventually : at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process - ในที่สุด
fire engine (noun): a fire truck; a special truck with hoses that can be used to put out fires with water - รถดับเพลิง
flee : to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
flight (noun): a trip on an airplane; a plane making a particular journey - การเดินทางด้วยเครื่องบิน; เที่ยวบิน
flow : continuous movement - การไหล
headquarters : the place where an organisation or company has its main offices - กองบัญชาการ
incident : something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
injury (noun): physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ
intervene : to become involved in a situation in order to try to stop or change it - แทรกแซง
investigation : the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท
law enforcement : the process of making sure that people obey the law - การบังคับใช้กฎหมาย
local : in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
locals : people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน
minor : not important; small; having little influence or effect - เล็กน้อย
miss : miss the target; to not achieve or reach the goal or target you wanted to achieve - พลาดเป้า
officials : people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
overreact : to react in an extreme way, especially in a frightened or angry way - มีปฏิกิริยารุนแรงเกินไป
pending : waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed - ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
pour (verb): to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container in a continuous stream, especially by holding the container at an angle - เท
promise (verb): to say that you will do something for sure; to commit that you'll do something for certain - สัญญา
promise : a sign that somebody/something will be successful - ลักษณะหรือท่าทีที่ดี
protect : to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc - ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน
protest : a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง
protester : someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc - ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
put out : to end a fire; to extinguish a fire - ดับ
regional : of or relating to a region - เกี่ยวกับภูมิภาค
reinforce : to make a group of police or soldiers stronger by adding more people or equipment to it - เสริมกำลังเจ้าหน้าที่
relative : a member of your family - ญาติพี่น้อง
resident : a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
resident : a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้พักอาศัย, ผู้อยู่อาศัยในบริเวณ ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
riot : a violent protest by a group of people - ความไม่สงบ การจลาจล
rush : moving or doing something very quickly - การรีบเร่ง
scene : site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
search (noun): looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something - การค้นหา
set up : to create something or start it - ตั้งขึ้น
siege : a situation in which a group of people surround a building in order to protest about something or to force the people inside to come out - การเข้าห้อมล้อม
smash : to break something noisily into many pieces by dropping or hitting it with a lot of force - ทำให้แตกเป็นเสี่ยงๆ, ทำให้แตกเป็นชิ้นๆ
spokesman : a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
steel (noun): a strong hard metal that is made of a mixture of iron and carbon - เหล็ก
suffer : to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation - ประสบความลำบาก
suffer : to experience something very unpleasant or painful - ประสบ
talks (noun): negotiations; when two sides that disagree get together and "talk" to reach some agreement - การเจรจา, การเจรจาต่อรอง
traffic : the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time; also used for data traveling along a network - การจราจร
transferred : changed someone’s job or responsibilities - โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง
vehicle : a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ