Police on Friday attempt to reclaim anti-government rally sites, They choose the day when Buddhists celebrate Maka Bucha Day and people worldwide celebrate Valentine's Day.
12.12pm : STR protesters reclaim from police their rally site at Chamai Maruchet Bridge. 11.40am : Police retreat completely from Chaeng Wattana and Misakawan and Makkawan rally sites.
11.10am : Explosion of what are believed to be firecrackers are heard near Makkawan Bridge. A female protester and a Siam Rath reporter are slightly injured.
10.45am : Police tell protesters that they are going to reclaim space at their Chaeng Wattana rally site. The protest site is led by a monk, Luang Pu Buddha Issara. Columns of police in full-gear police are set up about 100 metres from protesters who sit down and pray. The monk is on the stage, telling protesters to be calm.
10.45am : Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order chief Chalerm Yoobamrung says the centre would have launched crackdown on protesters, had it not been prohibited from doing so by the caretaker prime minister. He says Yingluck Shinawatra asked it not to suppress the protesters for fear of bloodshed. However, he claims the centre will do something in the afternoon to deal with anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee.
9.45am: Bomb squad members and sniffer dogs inspect storage areas near Makkawan Rangsan Bridge and find fertiliser, giant crackers, pingpong bombs and slingshots.
9.40am: Amorn Amornrattananon, SRT spokesman, tells reporters that SRT protesters have already arrived at Rajprasong intersection and will gather at Police headquartes on Pathumwan road. For this reason, police can reclaim areas near Misakawan intersection and Makkawan Rangsan Bridge. "Police can only remove barriers made of sacks of sand. Our protesters are now safe."
9.30am: Scores of police are seen at IT Square shopping mall near the Chaeng Wattana rally site.
9am: Reports say hundreds of police are gathered at Muang Thong Thani. A police negotiation team tries to talk with Luang Pu Buddha Issara, the monk supervising the protests at the Chang Wattana rally site in its attempt to reclaim the area.