A DRILL took place at the tightly-controlled Government House to deal with possible attempt to gain entry by protesters this afternoon (Oct. 22) with buses and vans brought in and barbed wire rolled out while students at nearby schools who saw the preparation gave the three-finger salute and shouted to get out, Amarin TV reported today (Oct. 22, 2020).
At 1 p.m. today reporters at Government House said a rehearsal was underway after protesters had marched close to the complex last night and submitted a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign within three days or else they would be back to stage more rallies.
Government House officials and staff participated in this drill on dealing with protesters with defence lines put in place last night tightened to prevent any breach.
Some Bangkok Metropolitan Administration buses were brought in and parked close to each other across Phitsanulok road leaving no gaps which the police unit hoped would prevent protesters from crossing the bridge and coming up to the front of the complex.
The drill was monitored by Pol. Col. Attawit Suebsai, the acting head of the Metropolitan Police Division 1, and Pol. Maj. Gen. Akaradej Pimolsri, a commander of the Royal Thai Police headquarters.
While the drill was taking place students at nearby schools on Phitsanulok road gave the three-finger salute and shouted for both the Prime Minister and police officers to get out.
The drill on handling protesters at Government House this afternoon. Photos: Amarin TV