Sanam Luang protesters face stern legal action


ANGKOK, May 20 – Civil authorities in the Thai capital–City Hall–have vowed to take tough legal action against demonstrators who refused to move out of Sanam Luang after Saturday’s deadline.

Wichai Sangprapai, an adviser to Governor Sukhumbhand Parabatra,  said members of the Thai Patriorts Alliance who defied a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) order to leave the public ground would be charged with violating laws of the city’s administration, cleanliness and public order, and the protection of state property.

He said a complaint would be filed to seek the court’s ruling against the trespassers who would be dealt with in accord with international procedures.

The protesters have occupied Sanam Luang, opposite the Grand Palace, since early last week, to protest against the administration of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the role of the International Court of Justice in the Phra Viharn (Preah Vihear in the Khmer language) temple dispute between Thailand and Cambodia.