Pro-govt volunteers hurry to erase graffiti

Pro-govt volunteers hurry to erase graffiti

Volunteers were busy yesterday cleaning walls and streets outside the Royal Thai Police headquarters after they were daubed with paint by anti-government protesters on Wednesday.

The name board, fence and nearby structures, including temple walls, were covered with oil and spray paint during the huge rally at Ratchaprasong intersection.

Demonstrators demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, constitutional changes and reform of the monarchy splashed and sprayed liberal amounts of paint on anything they could find near the pavements.

More than 100 people from royalist and pro-government groups cleaned and repainted the defaced fence and name board at the police HQ.

The paint was daubed over a large area -- the gate, fences and shrine at police headquarters, plants, the pavement as well as the walls of Wat Pathum Wanaram.

Insulting messages remained on Rama I Road, which was open to traffic as usual.

Anti-government demonstrators accused the police of being the servants of a dictator, and decried the use of teargas at the protest.

The Royal Thai Police Office insist they are not taking sides in the political conflict but are duty-bound to enforce the law.

Meanwhile, Warisanant Sribowornthanakit, the administrator of the pro-government "Cheer Lung" Facebook page, posted: "If protesters daub paint and damage government property or write expletives again, we will go to clean and erase it immediately so that they will not upset people who love and respect the monarchy."

The president of the Sammasikkha alumni association, Faklairung Lertsapsuree, said they joined the clean-up to show they were on the side of virtue.

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