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12 October 2008 :: 17:10:15 pm 41607

Police Plan Monday Pad Response; Pro-Govt Udd May Protest

BANGKOK, Oct 12 -- Ten thousand red-shirted pro-government activists met Saturday at Muang Thong Thani planning a counter-protest to a planned anti-government rally at police headquarters Monday, leading senior police officers to meet Sunday to plans for a more complex landscape.
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Bangkok media gave prominent attention to Saturday’s rally of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) which plans to gather at Sanan Luang to counter the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) at the Royal Thai Police headquarters near the Erawan Shrine on Monday.

Pol. Lt-Gen. Vorapong Chiewpreecha, commander of the Central Investigation Bureau, called the closed-door meeting with senior Bangkok police officers to counter the PAD demonstration, aimed at pressuring police to take responsibility for last Tuesday’s clashes between the demonstrators and police which left two persons dead and over 400 injured.

Anti-riot police have been ordered to assemble at police headquarters by 3 pm Sunday, with police fire trucks ordered on standby due to a possible counter-protest by the pro-government UDD have begun assembling at Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi.

A 14-member investigative committee has been established to probe whether police had used excessive violence against the PAD demonstrators last Tuesday following orders issued by national police chief Pol. Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan. The committee will have to conclude the probe within seven days. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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