Metropolitan Police allows PAD protesters to close off roads for one day

August 1st, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Pol. Lt. Gen. Assawin Kwanmuang (อัศวิน ขวัญเมือง) reports that police officers will allow the People’s Alliance for Democracy to close off roads for a large assembly, though the PAD must disperse by the next day.

PAD members will be erecting metal barricades and razor wire to close off certain city areas including Wang Dang (วังแดง) and Panichakarn (พาณิชยการ) intersections, and the King Chulalongkorn Monument plaza. Pol. Lt. Gen. Assawin said that authorities have set a one day limit on the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s assembly, after which the group must disperse or face legal action.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner reports that the group is unlikely to march to Parliament as originally planned due to the lack of signature solicitions for amendments to the constitution. A separate group of protesters will be visiting Parliament, however, in the form of 300 members of the Confederation of State Enterprise Labour Union (กลุ่มสมาพันธ์แรงงานรัฐวิสาหกิจสัมพันธ์).

Pol. Lt. Gen. Assawin reports that the Metropolitan Police will be deploying 6 companies of police officers in order to ensure public safety. He adds that police will also be negotiating with protesters to allow some officers into the King Chulalongkorn Monument plaza in order to set up displays celebrating the Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on August 12.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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