METROPOLITAN Police has arranged 12 companies of policemen to deal with a march from the Victory Monument to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s residence at the 1st Infantry Regiment compound at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 28), INN News and Sanook.com said.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, deputy chief and spokesman of Metropolitan Police, said it had been initially estimated that the protest march called by the Free Youth group would not attract more than a thousand participants.
Moreover there were no signs that any violence would break out, he added.
The Metropolitan Police Division 1 is to handle the security at Victory Monument and is sending two companies of policemen to handle the task while Metropolitan Police Division 2 is in charge of maintaining law and order at 1st Infantry Regiment compound, also sending in an equal number of policemen for this purpose.
Additionally, the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau has arranged four companies of policemen to move in today with altogether 12 companies ready to ensure orderliness.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya also said that it had been initially decided to not place containers to block the route as was done in the past but everything depended on how the situation panned out.
Top: Deputy Chief of Metropolitan Police Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya. Thai headline says, “Mob is raiding Prayut’s house.” Photo: Sanook.com
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