BANGKOK Governor Chadchart Sittipunt confirmed today (June 16) he is ready to take care of demonstrators in all of the capital’s 50 districts with officials ordered to find a public assembly site in their area of jurisdiction for them to use, INN News said.
Bangkok Metropolitan Authority has prepared equipment and staff to meet any requests in case of an emergency with this including medical and various other services that might be needed.
Each district has been ordered to propose a public assembly zone because in future the city’s residents might want to express their views on various matters and not just politics such as housing, health and other social problems.
Chadchart added that this move had to be carefully thought through to make sure it complies with the Public Assembly Act.
However, what the demonstrators intend to say at rallies in these public assembly areas would have to be screened because of problems that would arise if they did anything illegal. Ways to suitably arrange these rallies would have to be worked with police brought in to check for weapons.
He also touched on the Covid-19 pandemic, pointing out that while the situation had improved in Bangkok, whether people will be allowed to remove their face masks will be decided by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee tomorrow.
The Public Health Ministry said this morning (June 16) there were 2,153 Covid cases and 17 deaths over the past 24 hours with this taking the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 to 2,271,631 and since the start of the pandemic 4,490,760.
The 17 fatalities raised the death toll to 30,403.
Another 2,512 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 2,272,811 with 21,205 patients still undergoing treatment.
Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt. Photos: INN News