No political activities to mark anniversary, police chief warns

national June 24, 2015 01:00

By THE NATION

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Police chief Pol General Somyot Poompanmuang warned against the holding of any political activities today - the 83rd anniversary of the revolt that ended absolute monarchy - and said, those defying the orders of the National Council for Peace and Order (N



The ban on political gatherings of five or more people is still in effect. 

Meanwhile, Provincial Police Region 4 has ordered officers to keep track of political movements in the provinces of Khon Kaen, Loei and Kalasin, to ensure there won’t be any political activity marking the day today.
An order has also been given to monitor the Dao Din anti-coup group of students from Khon Kaen University who have been active in opposing the coup and are now in Loei province, challenging the NCPO. 
Pol Colonel Supakorn Khamsingnork, the deputy director of Khon Kaen Provincial Police acting on behalf of the spokesperson of Provincial Police Region 4, said the Army and police were coordinating to handle any possible movements marking the day today.
Supakorn also said both the military and police were explaining to local people they should think of the June 24, 1932 revolt in a positive light and not use it as an excuse to demonstrate because it could disturb law and order. 
In a related development, Pongkwan Sawasdipak and few other academics, including Somrit Luechai, symbolicallycleaned the “plaque of democracy” at the Royal Plaza ahead of the anniversary. 
“We cannot deny that the 1932 incident was a stepping stone towards the development of democracy in this country,” said political scientist from Thammasat University Pongkwan Sawasdipak. 
“This is rather a symbolic move, demonstrating our support for those who believe in democracy,” said Pongkwan. 
She added there was a need for a more transparent and cleaner democracy.

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