BANGKOK – August 17, 2012 [PDN]; a group of about 150 people, led by ex-senator Mr. Somboon Thongburan, congregated in front of the U.S. Embassy at Vittayu road, Tambon Lumpini, Amphur Pathumwan.
Police forces were mobilized for security under the direction of Pol. Col. Rangsan Praditphol, superintendent, Lumpini police station. No incidents of violence were reported.
Outside the embassy, Mr. Somboon made a speech demanding a reply from U.S. Ambassador Ms. Kristie Kenney. Mr. Somboon asked why Mr. Taksin had been granted a U.S. visa, despite a contract between Thailand and the U.S. to extradite Mr. Taksin, as a convicted criminal who has fled his homeland.
Mr. Somboon said the granting of the visa shows that the U.S. does not respect and violated the international law between two countries by allowing Pol. Lt. Col. Taksin to enter their country.
After Mr. Somboon spoke, a woman using the alias “Black Coffee,” read aloud the documents they had prepared to submit to the U.S. embassy. The group then asked to go inside the embassy to submit the document with the photographers. But the U.S. embassy informed them that only two photographers would be allowed inside.
So the protestors changed their request to ask a ranking U.S. officer to come out to receive the documents, which the U.S. embassy agreed to. But the congregate group ended up not submitting any documents. They took turns giving speeches to the assembled crowd, one by one, and played a song for the group to hear.
The protest group later announced plans to congregate at the office of the United Nations on August 21, at 7 p.m. Then the crowd dispersed as they went back home.