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12 December 2008 :: 21:12:49 pm 39672

Police to Deploy at Saturday‘S Mass Gathering of Thaksin Supporters

BANGKOK, Dec 12 - Police planned tightened security at the National Stadium in the capital on Saturday when the pro-Thaksin group calling themselves the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) will meet.
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Pol. Lt-Gen. Suchart Muankaew, metropolitan police commissioner, convened a police meeting via video conference with the acting national police chief on Friday morning in preparation for Saturday’s mass gathering of the pro government group.

The UDD planned to meet at National Stadium on Saturday before gathering again on Monday at Parliament, when members of parliament will vote to nominate a new prime minister in an extraordinary parliamentary session.

Police planned to deploy ten companies of officers to provide security at the stadium and to search all visitors, Gen. Suchart said. In addition, bomb detectors will be installed for added security.

Police checkpoints will be set up on Rama IV Road and roads near the stadium to screen suspicious vehicles.

During the phone-in by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to his supporters, police will record his speech and take legal action if any part is considered lese majeste. On Monday, eight companies of police will be stationed at Parliament and its surrounding areas.

Police will also step up security at Parliament on Sunday to prevent a blockade at the venue in a possible attempt to stop MPs from entering Parliament on Monday. If there is any violence, police will seek reinforcement from the army.

However, Nuttawut Saikua, acting government spokesman said the Thaksin phone-in on Saturday had been scheduled before the dissolution of the ruling People Power Party. He added that red shirt groups would not do anything against the law and had no plan to surround or block Parliament on Monday. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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