DEMONSTRATORS gathered at Democracy Monument at 2 p.m. this afternoon (June 11) then set forth on their “Walk to Chase Tu” to Victory Monument to pile pressure on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, whose nickname is Tu, and his government, Sanook.com said.
At 2:20 p.m. Pol. Maj Gen Jirasan Kaewsaeng-ek, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Bureau, came to monitor the situation and said police were not particularly concerned about today’s demonstration with no containers being brought in to block the route – from Democracy Monument to Victory Monument via Ratchadamnoen Klang, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, Phetchaburi and Phayathai roads.
The public was urged to avoid this area during the march.
He added that while police are fully prepared to control the situation if it turns violent their only concern was communicating with today’s protesters as they do not have leaders guiding them.
Later Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, warned protesters that the country is still under state of emergency but police do not want to arrest them thus they were urged to not to take any risks or violate relevant laws.
He added that police had to be extra vigilant in the Victory Monument area as this is close to the Gen. Prayut’s residence within the First Infantry Regiment barracks.
Police were also not worried about the Thalu Gas activist group intending to hold activities at Din Daeng intersection but warned that if this does occur appropriate action will be taken.
Pol. Col. Krisana also said so far nearly 4,000 political rallies had been held nationwide with over 50% being in Bangkok. Around 1,300 cases have been filed against demonstrators and their leaders with approximately 800 cases filed by the Metropolitan Police.
The “Walk to Chase Tu” protest march taking place in Bangkok today, June 11. Photos: Sanook.com