Pattaya Police Involved in 200 Strong Anti-Terror ForceRegion 2 police, encompassing the entire eastern seaboard, have organised a 200 officer strong anti-terror group. The forces creation has stemmed from the recent violence which has been seen in Bangkok including, bombings along with grenade and rocket attacks.
Pattaya, the 28th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Deputy Police Commisioner of Region 2 Major Suweera Songmetta addressed over 200 police officers and volunteers along with representatives from the Tourist Police and Civil Protection Department, at Pattaya Police Station on Sunday. The gathering was organised to encourage local law enforcement agencies and police to concentrate their focus on preventing acts of terror and sabotage following the recent Thaksin asset seizure court case.
Maj. Songmetta referenced the recent bomb threats at the Supreme Court and Ministry for Education and the 4 bombing attacks of Bangkok Bank branches over the weekend as motivation for the Royal Thai Police Force to crackdown on preventing these acts of terror and sabotage. Further stating that; such acts will ultimately only damage Thailand’s reputation in the international community as a safe tourism destination. It is expected that further acts of sabotage and terror will be attempted over the next few weeks in conjunction with various planned rallies and demonstrations by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), who have released their intentions to attempt to peacefully overthrow the current government in a week long protest in March.
The announcement was made in Pattaya due to the cities tourism significance on the Eastern Seaboard. The National Police Bureau announced that they wish to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all visiting tourists by increasing the security presence in the city acting as a deterrent to any potential politically motivated attacks.