Police prefer to contain red shirt rally

national April 04, 2014 00:00

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Police estimates there about 60,000 pro-government protesters will join the planned mass rally on Aksa Road this Saturday.

National Police Chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew said his deputy; Pol Gen Worapong Chewprecha, has been assigned to supervise the security of the mass rallies to make sure there is no confrontation between the two camps.

His estimate of the  number of red shirts protesters is far lower than that claimed by red shirts leaders. They have said that between 200,000 and 500,000 reds plan to join Saturday’s mass rally at Aksa Road in the Phuthamonthon area of Bangkok's Thawi Wattana district.

Meanwhile the government’s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) said military, police and civil personnel will be on full alert on Saturday to prevent confrontations between the red shirts and the anti-government protesters under leadership of Suthep Thaugsuban.

Suthep, secretary general of People’s Democratic Reform Committee, will hold a meeting of PDRC leaders from across the country to map out the next move on national reform, at Lumpini Park on Saturday.

CAPO’s spokesperson Sirima Sunawin said Worapong will meet with police and military personnel today to assess the situation and assign government forces to maintain public order.

She denounced an announcement by the Students and People’s Network for Thailand’s Reform (STR), which instigated protesters to take revenge on the UDD demonstration, saying the use of weapons or violence was unlawful. The STR made the threat after its guard was shot dead and supporters were injured in a shooting on Tuesday.

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