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Protest leader Parit Chiwarak, aka, “Penguin”, says activists will no longer rely on volunteer security officers, but will instead bring in trained professionals. The Bangkok Post reports that Parit took to Facebook to announce that the People’s Movement has disbanded its team of volunteer security guards.

He says the group will now seek professionally trained personnel, to ensure their safety at future rallies, but did not say where they would come from. Until now, security at protests has been carried out by volunteer teams, including the We Volunteer group, who have often been seen on the frontline, dismantling barricades and other obstacles. The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship has also provided volunteer security officers, with students and other people also volunteering at rallies.

Parit says the use of professionally trained guards will mean activists are better protected from the authorities, calling the security detail, the “main weapon”. However, he doesn’t rule out the need for volunteer security guards again at some point in the future.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Good their professionally trained security will counter the professionally trained police in the demonstrations to cause trouble and make the demonstrators look bad.

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      Jesus Monroe

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:05 am

      Couldn’t’ agree more Tobes….

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      Mark Moran

      Monday, December 14, 2020 at 8:47 am

      I’m a former soldier that served in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are entitled to there safety. You stick to licking RTP ass. There training is non existent

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    Issan John

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    The idea that his “professionally trained guards” are there to make him “better protected from the authorities” is completely out of order for anyone claiming to lead a peaceful protest.

    They should be there to try to keep opposing groups apart and to prevent individuals from getting out of hand, using firearms, throwing petrol bombs, etc, not to make him “better protected from the authorities” or for him to use as his “main weapon”.

    Along with some of the other protesters and protest movements, such as RT, I think he’s lost his way and it’s all gone to his head, and they’re in danger of alienating any broad basis of support they may have.

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      Singharacha

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 12:44 am

      Right. It would really be the world upside down.
      In addition : Who would pay for these “professional guards” and where would the money come from?

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    Ian

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Looks like there’s gonna be ex sas and ninjas on the front line the west is on your side don’t listen to the im alright jack farangs who are retired with nothing to do but critize they are irrelevant but they can’t see it they live in thier wood huts in a village with no grasp of the real world

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:18 am

      … and on the eighth day God invented punctuation …

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