Army says relocation of political demonstrators has proceeded smoothly


BANGKOK, 23 May 2014  – Good collaboration has been received from political demonstrators in Bangkok who were being sent from their rally sites toward their home locales on Thursday night, according to the Army. 

Deputy Army spokesperson, Colonel Winthai Suwari, said the Ministry of Transport had provided large buses to shuttle political demonstrators in the Ratchadamnoen, Victory Monument and Khok Wua areas back to their home provinces. The demonstrators were collaborating well with the authorities, although some have asked to remain at the rally sites to depart in the morning, as they have already made appointments with relatives.

Col. Winthai revealed that very few demonstrators remained at the Chaeng Watthana rally site, and these were expected to leave the area on Friday morning.

Meanwhile, 30 buses have been sent in to service the demonstrators at the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship’s (UDD) rally site on Utthayan Rd. Officials from Army Area 1 were supervising the relocation there, and they expected to need some time to restore the traffic lanes and return the area to its normal state.

Col. Winthai also asked that the public pay no heed to false rumors of a cabinet-in-exile, or the occurrence of armed clashes resulting from the reclaiming of rally sites.

He also noted that members of the public who need to leave their places of residence during the curfew may contact military officials in their area and do so.