Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha Tuesday demanded police to guarantee that they could prevent violence in Bangkok if troops would be pulled out from Bangkok streets and sent back to their barracks.
Prayuth was reacting to reports that the Centre for Administration of Peace and Order had decided to replace troops with police forces in keeping security in Bangkok.
The Army has maintained troops on Bangkok streets near rally sites to prevent violent attacks. The red-shirt movement alleged that the Army chief deployed troops to protect anti-government protesters instead of keeping law and order.
Prayuth said there were still conditions for violence so if the CAPO would order troops to return to their barracks, police would have to guarantee that would be able to keep security and assure the people of safety.