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Police prepare for 3 days of anti-government protests

Police prepare for 3 days of anti-government protests

THAILAND: Police have prepared to handle three consecutive days of anti-government protests in Bangkok and Samut Prakan, which kicked off yesterday (Nov 27).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 28 November 2020, 09:34AM


Demonstrators converge at Lat Phrao intersection yesterday (Nov 27) with inflatable yellow ducks which have become symbols of their protests. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya.

Demonstrators converge at Lat Phrao intersection yesterday (Nov 27) with inflatable yellow ducks which have become symbols of their protests. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya.

Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawichai, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said the anti-government movement started its rally at Lat Phrao intersection on Phahon Yothin Road yesterday.

The group had announced it will hold a demonstration today in front of the Imperial World Samrong shopping mall and march to Bang Na intersection, he said.

Tomorrow, the protest group will hold another rally in front of the shopping mall, Pol Maj Gen Piya said, adding the protest leaders had not asked for permission to hold protests.

About 450 crowd control police officers will be assigned to maintain order during the rallies, he said.

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement in response to criticism by 13 international organisations over the government’s handling of the demonstration outside of parliament on Nov 17.

The 13 include Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Asia Democracy Network, and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development.

Tanee Sangrat, the ministry’s spokesman, said Thailand has upheld the rule of law and respected the judicial process with transparency.

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In handling recent protests, the authorities have enforced the law in line with international standards, with the appropriate response to the situation, Mr Tanee said.

He added that those who want to exercise their right to assemble must follow the law and consider the safety of others, noting doing so would comply with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Thailand was fully committed to.

He said the protesters on Nov 17 broke through barricades and tried to reach an off-limits area, prompting the police to take action to bring the situation under control. The operation was proportional to the situation and was not excessive, Mr Tanee said.

The United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration protest group posted on Facebook that yesterday’s rally at Lat Phrao intersection was intended as “an anti-coup drill”.

“Undeniably, speculation about a coup has been rife. It should not happen. But history teaches us that we cannot trust. Therefore, all are welcome for a drill to cope with another possible coup,” it said.

Meanwhile, protest leaders and rights lawyers are suing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and others for B3.5 million in damages over the declaration of a severe state of emergency in Bangkok last month.

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Kurt | 28 November 2020 - 16:39:29

As long the Government ( Cabinet & rubber stamp Parliament) not make a move to compromise with the Thai people, that long demonstrations go on. Thai have a deep breath when it comes to demonstrating. The small group ruling elite must start realizing times are changing, also in Thailand..

 

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