Police ready for rubber protest on Sep 14

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BANGKOK, 11 Sep 2013, Police have affirmed that they are ready to handle the rubber and oil palm growers’ rally slated for September 14th, urging demonstrators to strictly follow the law and to refrain from blocking roads or shutting down Government offices. 

Legal actions will be taken against those persuading others to join violence-inducing activities, which include threatening to block roads, shut down airport or any Government offices.

The announcement was made by Royal Thai Police Spokesperson, Police Lieutenant General Piya Utayo.

According to Lieutenant General Piya, most of the farmers are happy with the Government’s announced assistance measures; however, of the demonstrators are trying to convince others to press on with the demonstration. Officials have been instructed to closely monitor the situation.

The spokesperson also said CCTV footage and still images recorded during the protests, from August 23rd to September 6th, revealed that 16 acts of violence were committed during the period.

Most of the cases involved blocking of roads, use of violence against police, and resisting arrests.