POLICE moved to obtain an injunction from the court to evict protesters rallying in front of Bangkok Remand Prison on Ngamwongwan road today (Oct. 24) after their leaders set a 10 p.m. deadline for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign, Sanook.com reported.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, deputy head of the Metropolitan Police, said that the rally by the protesters, who had camped overnight at this spot, is an offense and they did not heed a notice issued by the head of Thung Song Hong police station to disperse.
The next step is to obtain an injunction from the court for the protesters to leave.
They are now facing charges under the Public Assembly Act, for obstructing the traffic and violating the Cleanliness Act by setting up objects on the sidewalk.
It is the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police Division 2 and Thung Song Hong police station to handle this situation and they have not yet asked for reinforcement, Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya said.
Meanwhile Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, told the public to avoid the outbound side of Ngamwongwan road to Phong Phet intersection because the protesters have now occupied two lanes leading to heavy congestion. However traffic on the inbound side to Vibhavadi Rangsit road is flowing normally.
Top: The protest in front of the Bangkok Remand Prison today. Thai headline says, “asking protesters to leave.” Photo: Sanook.com