- Posted December 1, 2013 by
A Very Scary Night and Day at Ramkamhaeng University, Bangkok
katherinexx says the students trapped inside Ramkhamhaeng University are her main concern. "I wanted to represent the voices of the Rector of the university and the protestors under siege," she says. "It must be very scary for them."
- PM91, CNN iReport producer
On Saturday night, November 30, 2013, I heard the news that there were gun shots in Ramkamhaeng University. Then, at 22:30 pm. on the same night, I saw the interview of Assistant Professor Wutthisak Lapcharoensap, the rector of the university. The rector said that he phoned the head of the police and several ministers requesting police help. The answer was that the police could not come because of the traffic jam.
On Sunday morning, December 1, 2013, I was told that a few friends were still inside the university. I called one of them. I was informed that there was an M79 grenade launcher firing to the students early in the morning. While I talked to her, there were still gun fires. Another friend, a young woman, was very frightened. She said that the students were running, when the M79 grenade launcher fired to them. “There was no help. Most of us are women. The “men in black” are still in front of the university.” I was told that there were a few dead people and some injured people. The Rector was also with his students during this difficult time. There were also alumni and a few children inside the university. After the phone conversation with my friend, I phoned the Erawan Emergency Center right away. The person on the phone told me that she knew of the incident at the university, but the ambulances could not go into the university since the situation was too dangerous for their personnel. I made a few other phone calls to the Erawan Center from 9 am. to 1 pm., and I was told that the ambulances could not get in.
According to the Nation, at 11:55 am. on December 1, 2013, Ramkamhaeng University Rector told Channel 3 that red-shirt people burned tires to block police trucks from reaching the university to evacuate trapped students. The Rector said the student could not leave the campus through the front gate because some "men in black" on a flyover fired at them. Channel 3 said some 2,000 students were still trapped in the university.
Around 2:30 pm. the military could bring the students out. In addition, the Erawan Center announced that there were 4 dead people, and 61 injured people.
It must be very scary for these students.