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Bangkok police say over 1,000 officers to be deployed at MBK Skywalk rally today

Maya Taylor



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The deputy chief of Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police says 1,085 police officers have been lined up to deal with today’s planned rally at the MBK Skywalk over the Pathumwan Intersection in the capital. Piya Tawichai says 7 companies of officers will be deployed to manage the 5pm gathering, which has been organised by pro-democracy group Ratsadon.

“3 of the companies will deal with crowd control, while the other 4 will come from Metropolitan Police divisions 5 and 6. The main mission of the officers is to ensure public safety and prevent the situation from escalating. Initially only 1 or 2 companies of crowd-control police will be deployed, while additional companies will stand ready in case the situation escalates.”

Ratsadon has called on its members to join the rally to demand the release of 4 pro-democracy activists whose bail applications have been denied. Parit Chiwarak, Anon Nampa, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, and Patiwat Saraiyam were all denied bail at a hearing at the Criminal Court in Bangkok yesterday.

They are charged with sedition and lèse majesté offences for having taken part in anti-government protests last year. Last night, members of the Ratsadon group gathered in the same location to call for the release of their fellow activists. The rally dispersed peacefully at 8pm.

Piya has pointed out that such gatherings are currently illegal under the Emergency Decree.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Well the protesters should do a quick sidestep and protest at the Democracy monument instead.

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      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      The Police should stop pussyfooting around and crack some skulls.

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        Fred glue

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:09 pm

        Slugger the tough guy… couldn’t even crack a egg on the ground.

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          Jesus Monroe

          Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:18 pm

          You gotta admit Slugger Freds joke that was pretty corny and immature but sorta funny………

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        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 5:57 pm

        Slugger, have you read the UN Declaration on Human Rights? Are you aware of what the role of the police in a civilised society really should be? I will give you a clue, it is not to crack some skulls. The Military Junta that rules Thailand and is ruining your wonderful country need to realise that Government of the people should be by the people for the people. Repression will only breed resistance. Democracy and the people as well as the country as a whole are suffering under this military dictatorship.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    If I remember correctly there was a democratic vote to approve the current constitution, which passed in a landslide just a few years ago to broad applause. Instead of protesting to undermined this democratic process, these pests should nominate a candidate to put up their ideas as the people at the next election and see how much support they truly have. That is how democracy works, like it or not.

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      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:38 pm

      A democracy behaving like a dictatorship, and that is one of the problems. According to Wikipedia, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) unveiled a draft constitution on 29 March 2016. In the run-up to the 7 August 2016 referendum on the new constitution, the army conducted a “grassroots information campaign.” There was no debate permitted on its merits.(Hardly democratic). Under the junta’s rules, “people who propagate information (they) deemed distorted, violent, aggressive, inciting or threatening so that voters do not vote or vote in a particular way” faced up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to 200,000 baht. The 105-page, 279-article proposed constitution was approved by 61.4 percent of Thai voters on 7 August 2016 with 59.4 percent of the public participating. Some suspected that with the new constitution the military wanted to hobble political parties in order to create disposable coalition governments. The military would then remain the real power, whatever the outcome of the referendum and the election. So it has turned out. Hardly a true democracy and hardly a landslide with less than two thirds of two thirds of the population voting to approve it, roughly 40% give or take. Means that 60% did not vote for it. If you are not allowed to discuss it, how can you understand it? I guess some thought they would get rid of the military junta by voting for it. Not so. So sad.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Don’t the democracy demonstrators know that Thailand is already a democracy?!?!

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