THE Metropolitan Police Bureau is fully prepared to handle demonstrations taking place today and tomorrow (Nov. 13-14) with those found causing chaos to be immediately arrested, Siam Rath newspaper said.
At a press briefing Pol. Maj. Gen. Jirasan Kaewsang-ek, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Bureau, and Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said yesterday’s protest by the People group ended without turmoil while the Thalu Gas group that had been confronting police at Din Daeng intersection area for weeks had not gathered.
Today three activist groups are holding rallies with Songwriters for the People doing so at Klong Prem Prison at 5 p.m., Citizens Retaliate at the Supreme Court at 5.30 p.m. and Thalu Gas at Din Daeng intersection at 5.30 p.m.
Tomorrow the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration and Thalu Fah groups are gathering at Democracy Monument at 3 p.m. and then plan to move to Sanam Luang.
Metropolitan Police have already arranged police teams to maintain peace and order at demonstration sites with emphasis on compliance with the legal framework. People are advised to avoid roads near these sites to not get caught in traffic congestion.
As for legal action related to demonstrations from July 2020 to the present day 783 cases have been prosecuted, 385 cases have been filed while 398 cases are under investigation.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Jirasan and Pol. Col. Krisana briefing the press on preparation for demonstrations taking place today and tomorrow. Photo: Siam Rath