Police revoke okay for overnight stay prior to Tuesday democracy protest

Breaking News May 21, 2018 15:51

By The Nation

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Police have ordered surveillance of an area around Government House on Monday in the lead-up to an expected march to the venue by pro-election activists, who plan to deliver an ultimatum to the government to hold an election within this year.



Deputy Police Commissioner Pol General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul revealed the order on Monday, but did not say how long the surveillance would last.

The close-watch area is designated for 50 metres around Government House, he said.

Srivara also said he had ordered the superintendent of Chana Songkhram police station to revoke permission for the pro-election activists to stay overnight on Monday inside Thammasat University as planned.

The pro-election activists, led by the Democracy Restoration Group, have announced plans to assembly at the university at 5pm on Monday and remain there overnight before on Tuesday morning marching to Government House. They plan to give PM Prayut an ultimatum to hold an election within this year instead of next February as promised by the premier.

“The assembly is a political protest, which violates an order of the National Council for Peace and Order. We will take legal action if there is any violation,” Srivara said.

He said he would personally inspect the situation on Tuesday when the group marches to Government House. The Royal Compound is close to 150 metres from Government House, and a gathering within that distance is barred under the 2015 Public Assembly Act, he said.

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