18,000 PAD protesters remain outside government house

August 27th, 2008 - 10:26 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Deputy spokesman for the National Police, Police Major General Surapol Tuanthong (สุรพล ทวนทอง) revealed that there are still some 18,000 People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters stationed at the Government House. The protesters have been in the area since the mass rally began yesterday and have continually tried to impeded government work by closing off entrances. The deputy spokesman said that their demonstration tactic resembles that of the Makkhawan bridge rally but said that it has been deemed illegal as it is not on a public road.

Police have rotated shifts and beefed up presence in the area to affirm their grasp on the rally and they have done their best to make sure the protest remains in order. Police Major General Surapol said that all police have been instructed to monitor the rally in a peaceful manner as to not escalate the situation.

PAD leaders have not issued any clear stance on how long the rally will last and have only stated that they will end the gathering once the Prime Minister resigns. Nonetheless, police are attempting to review the situation to allow government workers to be able to continue their duties.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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