3 police companies to secure Democrat’s Ratchaprasong campaign

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BANGKOK, 21 June 2011 – The Royal Thai Police has prepared three companies of officers for maintaining order during the Democrat Party’s upcoming campaign at Ratchaprasong Intersection while warning the red shirts not to incite chaos. 

National Police Advisor Police General Pongsapat Pongcharoen revealed that three police companies comprising 450 officers would be deployed for the security operation during the downtown campaign of the Democrat Party at Ratchaprasong Intersection on 23 June. With the stage to be set up at the plaza in front of Central World Shopping Complex, a large number of people are expected to attend the event in order to listen to the speeches of Democrat members.

Pol Gen Pongsapat insisted that the police would make sure of no obstruction to the traffic or road blockade and that stringent monitoring for weapons would be imposed. As for the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD)’s intention to observe the Democrat’s campaign, the Police Advisor stated that the police could not deprive them of their rights to do so. However, the group must not cause any kind of disturbances, otherwise legal actions would be taken immediately.

As for previous cases, in which the Democrat Party’s campaigns in many areas were faced with opposition movements by UDD supporters, Pol Gen Pongsapat confirmed that investigation was underway.