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Arnon urges guards to be peaceful

BANGKOK: Arnon Nampa, who plays a key role in the anti-government protests, has urged guards of demonstrators to stick to a peaceful approach, saying this will help the movement achieve success.

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 08:52AM


Anti-government protesters march to the Grand Palace before they agreed with police to end the rally at Sanam Luang on Sunday. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb / Bangkok Post

Anti-government protesters march to the Grand Palace before they agreed with police to end the rally at Sanam Luang on Sunday. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb / Bangkok Post

On his Facebook account, Mr Arnon said that he received this advice from “an aunt next door” while discussing politics over dinner in Chiang Mai, reports the Bangkok Post.

“Last night, while I drank alcohol [wine] which an aunt next door brought me to go with barbecued pork, we discussed a wide range of political topics.

“She said if guards on the front line stick to a peaceful approach and do not break ranks, we will win,” Mr Arnon said.

“I slept on it and agreed… The front line which the dictatorship wants to delegitimise is guards. If our guards break ranks and get involved in clashes or do anything that appears to be violent, this will deal a blow to the entire movement. On the contrary, if guards remain calm and use peaceful means, we will win,” Mr Arnon said.

He made the remark after a clip of a man throwing what appeared to be a smoke bomb during an anti-government protest on Sunday was shown on social media.

Piyarat Chongthep, aka Toto, the head of the “We Volunteer” group of security guards that provided security for the protesting People’s Movement, said on Facebook after the protest that coloured smoke bombs were used to counter the police use of high-pressure water cannons against protesters.

A Pattaya chapter of the anti-government People’s Movement on Tuesday issued a statement apologising for an incident in which a member head-butted and injured a 52-year-old Russian man during an argument in Pattaya on Sunday evening.

Narathiwat “Kane” Khamma was later arrested and faces criminal charges over the incident.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warned both sides of the political conflict to avoid clashes and said the assault on the foreigner in Pattaya has seriously tarnished Thailand’s reputation.

In another development, House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said that the King Prajadhipok’s Institute has adjusted the two models for the proposed reconciliation committee.

Initially parliament had chosen the first model, but the anti-government movement refused to take part.

Parliament is now seeking to combine the two models, bringing in “neutral representatives”.

 

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