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13 August 2009 :: 17:08:30 pm 33062

Security to Be Beefed Up As Pro-Thaksin Petition Handover Nears

BANGKOK, Aug 13 - Bangkok Metropolitan Police said on Thursday that police will be able to handle the mass gathering of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) as its supporters will march to the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary to submit a petition seeking a royal pardon for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
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Pol Maj Gen Worasak Nopsitthiporn, deputy metropolitan police commissioner, met with royal household officials regarding security measures and traffic around Grand Palace on the gathering day of the so-called Red Shirt activists, scheduled for Monday.

Gen Vorasak said 450 police will be deployed on that day around the Grand Palace where the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary is located, with only some UDD representatives to be allowed to enter the premise to submit the petition.

“The Red Shirt representatives will be allowed to submit the petition at a pavilion in the Grand Palace as traditionally practiced,” the deputy commissioner said. “We believe that situation will be under police control without any disturbances.”

The UDD leader earlier announced that the group have collected nearly six million signatures for the petition asking for a royal pardon for Mr Thaksin who is now living in self-imposed exile after being convicted last October to a two-year jail term for abuse of authority regarding the Bangkok land deal.

The movement said about 100,000 Thaksin supporters will gather at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang on August 17 since early morning and will march to submit the petition at the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary at 1 pm.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Worapong Chiewpreecha has reportedly assigned deputy commissioner Pol Maj-Gen Chakthip Chaijinda to head the riot police detail and to apply a gentle approach towards the demonstrators.

Special Branch Police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Theeradej Rodphothong said the UDD’s Monday gathering will not last long as the demonstrators are expected to disperse once the group’s representatives submit the petition. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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