THE People’s Party demonstrators started moving towards Government House at 2.35 p.m. today (Oct. 14) after negotiations with police at Mahakan Fort intersection whereby they were allowed to head there via Nakhon Sawan road and not Ratchadamnoen Nok, Thai Rath newspaper reported
While negotiations took place the protesters intermittently shouted, “open the way.”
Along the side of the road the demonstrators were passing through were some yellow-shirt people among whom was Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister and prominent protest leader. They were waiting to greet His Majesty the King this evening.
Meanwhile Samran Rat police station took Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, commonly known as Pai Dao Din, and 20 other demonstrators who were arrested last night at Democracy Monument to the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road to ask for the first 12-day pre-trial detention, from today till October 25, Sanook.com reported.
They were arrested on the charges of organizing and holding public assembly without first notifying the authorities and causing chaos in the country. They face a total of 10 charges plus two additional charges.
Meanwhile Mr. Krisada Nuttajarat, a lawyer at the Lawyers for Human Rights Centre, said he has filed an objection to the pre-trial detention because investigation into this case is not yet complete and the arrest is deemed unlawful.
If the court permits bail then some MPs of Kao Klai (Move Forward) Party will be submitting their positions as guarantee.
Protesters heading for Government House. Photos: Thai Rath