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Police gearing up to slap several charges against protesters

POLICE are busy collecting evidence against demonstrators at two rally sites yesterday (Feb. 20), in front of Parliament and the Democracy Monument, and have found that they have broken several laws, INN News and Sanook.com said this afternoon.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, deputy chief Metropolitan Police, also warned people to avoid the Democracy Monument area today because it is likely that a small demonstration would again be held there with it being possible for rival vocational student groups to clash again as happened recently in front of the Myanmar embassy.

Two parties staged the rallies yesterday, with one being Thammasat Coalition and the Assembly and other a vocational student group.

Yesterday’s rally at Democracy Monument was a small one with less than a hundred people showing up. This gathering ended at 8 p.m. after which the demonstrators joined the bigger rally in front of Parliament that ended at 9 p.m., he said.

The demonstrators breached several laws including the emergency decree, the Communicable Disease Control Act, the Road Traffic Act because they had closed roads, and the Cleanliness Act because they had demolished and damaged plants and put up signs and sprayed paint in public areas.

Regarding the demonstration on February 13, Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya said nine persons had been found guilty of destroying potted plants around the Democracy Monument while 12 others are still being investigated.

Where the shooting in front of a convenience store near Phan Fah Bridge is concerned, one vocational student from the Thai Pakdee group who had a conflict with a guard from the Minburi Polytechnic Institute of Technology had been arrested.

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Top: Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, at the demonstration in front of Parliament yesterday. Photo: Sanook.com

Home Page: A picture of Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya inset over a backdrop of a large recent protest. Thai headline says, “Feb. 20 protesters violated many laws.” Photo: Sanook.com

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