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Police: Protest will be peaceful

Posted by arnon_k On May - 30 - 2012

Security agencies do not expect any violence during the anti-reconciliation bill protest by the yellow-shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy at the Royal Plaza today, Pol Gen Worapong Chiewpreecha, an adviser to the Royal Thai Police, said on Wednesday.

Pol Gen Worapong was speaking after a meeting of security agencies to assess the situation.

Other groups of people that oppose the bill will also rally near parliament today, but they had promised that their protests will be in line with the law. Some groups might stay overnight in front of parliament building compound, he said.

Police had held talks with the red-shirts, who also planned a mass gathering in front of the parliament. They were asked to drop their plan to rally, avoid any possible confrontation with the rival yellow-shirts. Co-leaders of the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship agreed to comply with the request, he said.

He said 10 companies of metropolitan police will be deployed inside and around parliament building compound to ensure peace and order. Another 10 companies will be standing by at their units, and police at Provincial Police Regions 1, 2 and 7 were on stand by to provide reinforcements if needed.

Intelligence reports concluded that there was no sign that a “third hand” would take this opportunity to incite unrest, said Pol Gen Worapong.

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