Bangkok police are getting ready for demonstrations planned for next Thursday
The Metropolitan Police has announced it has prepared security teams to ensure security for next Thursday when anti-establishment groups plan to gather to celebrate the 89th anniversary of the 1932 revolution.
The bloodless revolution was then led by Khana Ratsadon on June 24, 1932 and marked the end of the absolute monarchy in Thailand and turned it into a constitutional one.
The pl. Metropolitan Police chief Major General Piya Tavichai said several pro-democracy groups have announced plans to hold rallies on Thursday:
• The Mooban Talu Fah (Village Through the Sky) group led by Chatchai Pairin will meet at the October 14 Memorial on Ratchadamnoen Road.
• Prachachon Khon Thai (Thai Citizens) group led by Nititorn Lamlua and United People for Thailand led by former Red Shirt leader will gather in front of Government House.
• The Nonthaburi New Generation Network led by Jesada Sripang will gather at the Democracy Monument.
“We would like to point out that people are still not allowed to hold meetings under the state of emergency. Anyone who breaks this law will be punished without question. There is no exception for those who send invitations through social media,” he said.
General Piya added that the police will also protect historic sites and buildings, as they are difficult to repair if protesters destroy them.
“Since July last year, the police have taken legal action against 150 protesters,” he added.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, meanwhile, has advised protesters to hold rallies within the law.
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