The authorities recorded the New Democracy Movement's anti-junta protest march from Thammasat University to Democracy Monument on Saturday and police are considering laying charges, Army Chief General Udomdej Sitabutr said yesterday.
Udomdej said he understood the activists desire to express their opinions on such an important and symbolic day – the ninth anniversary of the September 19, 2006 coup.
However he asked them not to do it again, adding that the Public Assembly Act had been enacted and if it had been violated the demonstration leaders must be held responsible.
Talk at Thammasat
Prior to the march, the NDM held a discussion at Thammasat University entitled “Nine Years - Failure to Move On After September 19 Coup”.
Udomdej said the National Council for Peace and Order allowed people some self-expression but it tried to be careful to maintain peace and order.
A key NDM member, Rangsiman Rome, responded to Udomdej’s remark that the activists had never accepted the NCPO and its laws, so he was unconcerned about being charged.
He said the group’s members were prepared to accept any outcome their actions might prompt.