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Roads around Victory Monument to be closed again if protesters gather, deputy police chief says

The roads around the Victory Monument will be closed to traffic again Friday if security officials learn that anti-coup protesters plan to gather there, Deputy Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Somyos Phumphanmuang said.

Somyos, who is in charge of security affairs, told TNN24 Channel that if police and military officials learn that the protesters plan to gather there, they will launch an operation to prevent the rally as the officials need to keep peace and order.

Plainclothes police are also on standby at the spot to monitor against the rally in case the organisers use secret channels to schedule the protest. The Plainclothes officials will be ready to take charge of the situation once a protest starts, Somyos said.

He said police did not arrest students protesting at Thammasat University because they rallied under their ideology. But the protesters at the Victory Monument were hired and they caused trouble to vendors around the main bus transit spot, Somyos alleged.

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