The National Council for Peace and Order yesterday warned the public against wearing military-like or military-style uniforms after rumours spread that a group of men in military uniform had robbed farmers of their utensils in the northeastern region.
NCPO spokesman Winthai Suvari said the reports about military men being involved in robbery were just rumours. The NCPO had not received any such reports from the Second Army region.
He said the public could differentiate between genuine and fake military officials by noticing their rank emblems on the uniform, whether they possessed official verification documents and whether they used state vehicles with official signs.
Meanwhile, Winthai warned that the NCPO would apply strict laws against anti-coup protesters who staged street rallies while people who spread their anti-coup message on line will be summoned to make their attitude more positive towards the NCPO, which is seeking to restore peace and order in the country. Phya Thai Police Station has issued 14 arrest warrants for a group of anti-coup suspects and one was arrested on Friday, he said.
Winthai said the NCPO would apply the same measures it has used against protesters who are planning a major rally today.
Deputy national police chief Pol General Somyos Pumphanmuang said a combined 30 companies of military and police force would be deployed to keep peace and order at eight spots around Bangkok where anti-coup protesters are reported to be planning their rally. They include Ratchaprasong, King Taksin monument, Theparak intersection, Victory Monument, Democracy Monument, Laksi monument, Central Bang Na and Seacon Square.
To thwart anti-coup protests at Ratchaprasong, police will block roads from the Chalermpao intersection, the Phloenchit intersection, the intersection in front of Big C Rajdamri and the intersection in front of AUA Rajdamri from 9am to prevent protesters from approaching the Ratchaprasong intersection.