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Metropolitan police chief transferred

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Asawin Kwanmuang, who was in charge of handling the protests in Bangkok, is transferred to an inactive post on Sunday.

Metropolitan police chief transferred

The order gave no reason.

The transfer came just a month before an order which promoted Asawin to a post of assistant police commissioner became effective in October.Asawin said he was not upset about the transfer.

Asawin was said to have close connection with Sondhi Limthongkul, a co-leader of People's Alliance for Democracy, and other anti-government activists. He has been known for not favouring severe measures against protesters.

However he said, "What I am worried much is about the protest as I do not want any violence to happen."

He said he did not know who will replace him. He said sarcasitically that the new boss will have better vision than him.

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