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Bangkok Shutdown

Justice minister warns people against joining protest

Caretaker Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri Monday warned Thais about joining the Bangkok Shutdown protest on Monday, saying it is illegal and dangerous.

Chaikasem said Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, was facing a sedition charge, which carried the maximum penalty of death.

If people therefore chose to support Suthep by joining the Bangkok Shutdown protest, they would also be regarded as committing a wrongdoing, Chaikasem said.

He cautioned that protesters could also be injured in clashes with PDRC's opponents.

The minister said by joining the simultaneous massive rallies on Monday, Thais would violate Articles 116 and 215 of the Criminal Code for unlawfully assembling to cause turmoil in the capital.

"Those who already know but still join the protest will be deemed as engineering or supporting sedition," Chaikasem said on TV.

"The government would like to tell the people to use their judgement and be aware that if they join in the Bangkok Shutdown as announced by Suthep and other leaders, they will violate the law and cause damage to the country.

"Besides there is a risk that they will be hurt as there might be clashes with those who have different opinions and groups of people with malicious intent."

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