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Tight security outside Govt House as protesters show

DEMONSTRATORS who were evicted from their protest camp opposite the Government House on Sunday showed up there this afternoon (March 30) where they faced tight security and a container barrier but nevertheless carried out some activities, TV Channel 7 said.

At 1.50 p.m. police stood in line on Rama 5 road near the area where Thalu Fah (Through the Sky) protest village had been located,  with this being at the edge of  Prem Prachakorn canal and opposite the Government House, and the foot of neraby Chamai Maruchet Bridge. Containers had been placed to block access to the camp zone.

The protesters, led by Mr. Shinawatra Chankrachang, or Bright, the leader of the new generation of red shirts, then showed up and raised placards making various demands. After that they tried to put stickers with the message “searching for democracy” on the policemen’s shields, but in failing to do so pasted them on the placards.

They also put a photo of Mr. Chanathip Muenphawong, the deputy director-general of the Criminal Court, on a symbolic display of mourning as he is the leader of the trial against protest leaders detained on charges of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as lese majeste law.

At 2.32 p.m. the protesters, led by four monks, walked close to the former camp site, and gave the three-finger salute. They then rolled out a red carpet and placed 19 chairs on it and stood behind them.

This is to mimic the group photo of the new cabinet within the Government House this morning. 

The protesters said 99 of them were arrested on Sunday when police broke up their protest camp and they now face trial. They added that more such activities will be held continuously.

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Crowd control police standing in line in front of a container barrier that blocked access to the site where the protest camp had been located. Thai headline says, “very strong police control.” Photo: TV Channel 7

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