The Royal Thai Police will deploy 55,000 policemen to keep security at some 200 Loy Krathong venues around the country on Thursday night, a deputy national police chief said on Monday.
Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakan, deputy police commissioner general, spoke to reporters after chairing a video conference with the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the Narcotics Suppression Bureau and nine provincial police bureaus to prepare for ensuring security for the Loy Krathong night.
He said there will be some 200 venues for Loy Krathong celebrations around the country, with 30 of them will considered major venues.
Four of the major venues are located in Bangkok – Asiatique riverside shopping mall, Icon Siam, Rama VIII Bridge and the Chulalongkorn University campus.
He said about 20,000 revellers are expected at Asiatique, 50,000 at Icon Suam, 8,000 at Rama VIII Bridge and 5,000 at Chulalongkorn University.
Chalermkiat said he has instructed all bureaus to make sure that entertainment venues in their jurisdiction prevent people under 20 from entering the venues.
He said the police would strictly enforce the bans on firecrackers and fireworks. Celebrants will not be allowed to release flying lanterns outside the permitted areas. Those firing guns into the air or driving while intoxicated will also face arrests.
Apart from the 55,000 deployed police officers to be deployed, another 10,000 will be kept on standby, Chalermkiat said.