PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Oct. 16) flatly refused to step down as demanded by People’s Party protesters who after breaking up their rally at Ratchaprasong intersection last night called for another one at the same place at 5 p.m. today, Sanook.com reported.
Speaking after a special Cabinet meeting with ministers standing alongside him Gen. Prayut said the meeting approved a serious emergency for Bangkok with this legally having to be permitted again every three days.
He also said that the government aims to stabilize the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the duration of this emergency will be as short as one month.
In refusing to quit, Gen. Prayut said the country is facing problems and the government is stepping up resolving economic and other issues. Despite this it has to spend time in taking care of those who are breaking the law.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan is closely monitoring the situation at a war room within Five Provinces Bordering Forest Foundation on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Siam Rath newspaper reported.
He held a meeting there before this morning’s special Cabinet meeting with Deputy Defence Minister Gen. Chaichan Changmongkol, National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Chaengyodsuk, Secretary-General of the National Security Council Gen. Natthapon Nakpanich and security units assessing the People’s Party demonstration at Ratchaprasong intersection last evening.
At 10 p.m. last night the Free Youth group posted a message on its Facebook page ending yesterday’s rally at Ratchaprasong intersection that started at 4 p.m. and calling for another one at the same place at 5 p.m. today,
The message said hundreds of thousands of people had gathered at Ratchaprasong intersection yesterday and after this it will be increased every day.
There is no greater power than that of the people and no matter how many times they break up rallies the group intends to increase them, it added.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut addressing the press together with other ministers this morning.
Below: The huge protest at Ratchaprasong intersection last night. Thai headline says, “Arranged to meet today too.” Photos: Sanook.com