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10 October 2010 :: 14:10:02 pm 43596

Abhisit Advises Officials Clampdown on Sunday Red Shirt Protests

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday ordered police to closely monitor a gathering of Red Shirt protesters in the capital maintaining peace and the activists adherence to the “legal framework” set by the government.
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Bangkok, the 10th of October 2010: Addressing National Police Chief, General Wichean Potephosree and Acting Bangkok Police Chief, Lieutenant General Chakthip Chaijinda, Abhisit urged the two senior officials to closely monitor Sundays Red Shirt gathering in accordance with the law.

Approximately 5-7,000 Red Shirt protesters are set to take to the streets of Bangkok on Sunday afternoon, voicing their opposition to the current emergency decree in place on Bangkok and three surrounding provinces, while calling for the release of over 200 imprisoned Red Shirt supporters held on charges pertaining to the breaking of the controversial laws.

Gen. Potephosree on Saturday revealed that a deployment of some 3,000 security personnel and police officers were to monitor the situation late Sunday, advising that the protesters were free to rally only under the confines of the law and providing they disperse activities before 5:00pm.

Premier Abhisit is known to have expressed his concern of possible confrontation between the protesters and citizens of Bangkok, still angered by the effects of this year’s April/May demonstrations in the capital.

Police are scheduled to monitor key locations around the focus of the rally, including BTS skytrain stations, the MRT underground network and Democracy Monument, the scene of bloody confrontations between security personnel and protesters during April 10 of this year.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to restrict the supply of bomb making materials following the recent wave of Bangkok explosions, police have requested that all suppliers of urea fertilizer (a key component in most of the Bangkok bombs) keep a register of all sales in order to aid authorities in the prevention of more violent incidents.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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