Police, army join PDRC checkpoints

national May 16, 2014 00:00

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Police, soldiers and guards of People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) will work together to set up checkpoints around rally site to provide safety for protesters.

The move comes in the wake of Thursday’s fatal attacks, which killed three protesters and injured many others.

Deputy Metropolitan Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Chantawit Ramasutra said the checkpoints, which will be about 100 metres from the rally site, are designed to prevent more attacks and the smuggling of weapons into the area.

The new checkpoint structure follows discussions on safety plans between the police and PDRC representatives. The PDRC has not previously allowed police to join the checkpoints or enter the rally sites.

In the early hours of Thursday, several M79 grenades were fired at protesters sleeping at the Democracy Monument, which is on the outer zone of the rally site. The main stage of the rally is now at Rachadamnoen Nok near United Nations headquarters.

Chantawit added that police checkpoints near the rally site would be increased from 10 to about 20 with 34 more around Bangkok. Rapid response teams will also be added and mobile units will work around the clock. These new measures have been applied since Thursday night.

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