On Friday, protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak said that peaceful protest was an important “weapon” for the demonstrators and also acted as a shield to protect them from the regime’s powers.
Posting on Facebook, Parit said that to preserve peace at protests, the pro-democracy Ratsadon group would stop using volunteer guards and employ professionals from now on. He did not say where the professional guards would come from.
Parit added that the decision was made in the belief that protesters could protect themselves and the rally venues. “This duty should not be the sole responsibility of guards, as was the case before,” he said.