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No more teargas: Metropolitan police chief promises

Metropolitan Police Bureau Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Khamronvit Thupkrajang promised Tuesday that police guarding his bureau would no longer fire teargases to fend off protesters.

He said he would allow the protesters to reach and seize the bureau.

The supreme protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, vowed to have protesters "seize" the bureau Tuesday.

Khamronvit said he has not been removed as the commander in charge of forces dealing with the protesters.

He said he had instructed police to open the line and clap to welcome the protesters when they arrive.

Thai Rath reported that Khamronvit inspected the police line at the First Army Division Intersection.

"There will be no clash today. If the protesters want to seize the Metropolitan Police, let them," Thai Rath quoted Khamronvit as saying.

"I've told my subordinates not to fire teargases. If anything happens, I'll take responsibility."

He added that the prime minister also gave cash of Bt2 million for him to distribute to police officers on duty.

Khamronvit later told Channel 7 that the prime minister has given him an order not to let any single protester killed.

He regarded that the Metropolitan Police Bureau is a property of the people so the people would be welcomed to enter the bureau.

He said it would be now responsibility of the protest leaders to ensure that the protesters would not destroy the government's property.

He said police would from now on focus on protecting the people's life and property instead of fending off protesters from intruding government offices.

He said the protesters could stay inside the bureau as long as they want and he was willing to lose face rather than seeing a protester killed or injured.




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