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PM warns all laws, articles will be used against violent protesters

PM warns all laws, articles will be used against violent protesters

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gave notice today (Nov 19) that “all laws and all articles” will be used against protesters escalating the political conflict.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 19 November 2020, 02:36PM


Anti-government protesters pack Rama 1 Road and Ratchaprasong intersection during their huge rally near police headquarters on Wednesday night. Photo: Bangkok Post / Pornprom Satrabhaya

Anti-government protesters pack Rama 1 Road and Ratchaprasong intersection during their huge rally near police headquarters on Wednesday night. Photo: Bangkok Post / Pornprom Satrabhaya

Gen Prayut gave his warning in a statement issued from his office, in the face of continuing street rallies by anti-government protesters demanding his removal and reform of the monarchy.

He said that the government and all agencies had tried to find a peaceful way out of the conflict, following legal procedures under a constitutional monarchy.

However, the situation showed no sign of easing, despite the government showing its sincerity to solve the problems. Security agencies had done their job in maintaining peace and order, closely monitoring the situation and dealing with protests with the utmost care, in line with international standards, the prime minister said.

“The situation is not easing in a good direction and there is a tendency for conflict to escalate into more violence. If not addressed, this could cause damage to the country and the beloved institution, as well as to peace and the safety of people’s lives and property,” Gen Prayut said in the statement, which was in Thai.

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“It is necessary for the government and security agencies to intensify their actions by using all laws and all articles to take action against demonstrators who break the law and show no respect for the rights of other people. 

“Action will be taken within the country’s area of jurisdiction and to international standards.”

The statement did not specify whether this action would include use of Article 112, the lese majeste law, which forbids insulting the monarchy on pain of draconian prison sentences. Gen Prayut said earlier this year that it was not being used at the request of HM the King.

Many thousands of anti-government protesters packed into Ratchaprasong intersection during their huge rally last night (Nov 18), again announcing their demands for the prime minister’s resignation and reform of the royal institution.

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Kurt | 21 November 2020 - 10:07:48

Oh oh, His Majesty the King asked ( BP) explicitly not to use section 112 ( the lese majesty law) against protesters. What now, general Prayut? Did His majesty the King recalled his advice?

 

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