Anti-coup protests dwindle in Thailand


BANGKOK, June 18 — The number of protests against the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has decreased nationwide, according to Thai police and army officials.

Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung, Deputy Chief of the Royal Thai Police and Maj Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Commander of the 1st Division King’s Guard, and other police and army officers met Wednesday to discuss the protest situation in Thailand.

It was reported that the number of anti-coup protests has decreased, and no call for more gatherings has been found in recent social media.

Officials believe the decreasing number of anti-coup protesters was due to a lack of leaders and others who stir up the people against the military junta.

Meanwhile the latest poll shows that the majority of Thai people want to give NCPO time to restore and run the country.

A majority of Thais are satisfied with the effective protest control measures used by police and military as well as cooperation from shopping centres which protesters used as gathering venues.

Gen Somyot warned the public that posting or sharing Facebook and Line messages, scheduling and using any form of anti-coup protests is illegal and violators could face up to seven years in jail.