Pattaya Daily News

20 April 2009 :: 10:04:53 am 38219

National Police Chief to Address Nation On Countrywide Tv

BANGKOK, April 20 - Thailand‘s national police chief Pol. Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan is scheduled to speak on Monday about cases progressing against both the People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and its rival, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).
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The police chief is expected to inform the public on the development of cases related to the PAD after its main leaders were prosecuted for occupying Government House and seizing Bangkok’s two airports Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang last year.

Gen. Patcharawat will also speak to the public about the cases against the so-called Red Shirt UDD leaders who led their supporters to invade the Pattaya hotel venue of the recent ASEAN Summit, forcing its abrupt postponement 10 days ago.

UDD demonstrations also caused chaos in Bangkok during the Songkran Festival and the leading protesters are now facing legal charges.

The police chief will report on progress in the investigation of the assassination attempt against a top PAD leader, Sondhi Limthongkul, last Friday.

Gen. Patcharawat will also outline the working procedures between the security-related organisations and the media while under the enforcement of the State of Emergency Decree.

The address will be telecast live on a national television pool shared and accessible to all media.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and officials sitting on the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) on Sunday agreed to continue the State of Emergency Decree in the capital and five neighbouring provinces.

Mr. Abhisit imposed the state of emergency on April 12, saying he wanted to return the country to normalcy, one day after anti-government protesters wrecked the 16-nation Asian summit in the seaside town of Pattaya and parts of the capital were paralysed the next day by the protesters’ blockade of key traffic intersections.

The premier himself narrowly escaped an intrusion of red-clad protesters who invaded the grounds and offices of the Ministry of Interior last Sunday, smashing his car minutes after he imposed the measure and capturing and hurting his top aide. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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