Pattaya Daily News

24 November 2008 :: 03:11:54 am 39978

Observers Welcomed to Monitor Police Response to Protesters

BANGKOK, Nov 23 - Independent bodies and committees are allowed to closely monitor the authorities‘ operations in response to Monday‘s intended mass demonstration by the People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), a senior police officer said on Sunday.
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Speaking after Sunday’s joint meeting between police, the army and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration officials to plan their response to the protest, Pol. Maj-Gen. Amnuay Nimmano, Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau Commander, said that the permission is aimed at showing official sincerity in ensuring that the police use peaceful means to deal with the mass PAD protest at Parliament Monday.

Maj-Gen. Amnuay insisted that the police will adhere to international standards of practice to cope with the situation but declined to reveal any details about the operation.

He called for the PAD group to protest peacefully and to refrain from any verbal attack which might incite violence, adding that the PAD leaders will be held responsible if violence occurs.

Meanwhile, Peoples’ Alliance supporters from more distant provinces moved to join the anti-government activities at Government House on Sunday. In the latest development, PAD core leader Pipob Thongchai asked some demonstrators to move from the Government House to Makkawan Bridge as the compound was crowded. Meanwhile, four schools near the protest site are closed on Monday. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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