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Police vow to block public protests and act against violators of emergency

Oct 18. 2020
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By The Nation

The Royal Thai Police has said it will not allow public gatherings that might cause security threats, and they will apply the law for violations of the emergency decree.

The police also said that they had followed international regulations in dispersing the protesters in order to maintain peace and security, and their actions did not involve extreme violence.

They said that two fake news articles were published to defame the police and the persons involved in the publication of false information would face punishment.

However, the pro-democracy protesters in defiance of the state of emergency plan to gather on Sunday at three major sites in Bangkok: Terminal 21 Asoke, Ha Yaek Lat Phrao station and Tha Phra MRT station.

On Saturday, the massive demonstrations almost brought Bangkok traffic to a standstill in the evening, as they held coordinated protests at several locations, such as Lat Phrao, Bangna, Kaerai and Wong Wien Yai, while the suspension of mass transit service ordered by police also worsened traffic.

Protest locations nationwide:

Bangkok- 4pm Victory Monument main gathering

4pm Asoke minor gathering

Gatherings around the country

2pm Suphanburi - Old city wall of Suphan Buri

3pm Nonthaburi - Sam Yaek Bang Yai intersection

3pm Saraburi - Bypass-Saraburi Stop public park

3pm Khon Kaen - Sithan Lake

4pm Nakhon Ratchasima - Rajamangala University of Technology Isan

4pm Pathumthani - Future Park Rangsit

4pm Samut Prakan - Imperial Samrong

5pm Samut Sakhon - Phutthamonthon Sai 4 intersection

5pm Yasothon - City Hall

5pm Udon Thani - Udon Thani Rajabhat University

5pm Si Sa Ket - City Hall

5pm Salasin - Old City Hall

5pm Chonburi - Bowin intersection

5pm Rayong - Ban Chang park

5pm Phuket - 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikit Park

6pm Singburi - City Pillar Shrine

Prachinburi - Old City Hall no time provided

Chachoengsao - City Hall no time provided

Chanthaburi - Lan Chan courtyard no time provided

The Ratsadon supporters have reached Imperial World Samrong. by Supakit KhumkunThe Ratsadon supporters have reached Victory Monument. by Korbphuk PhromrekhaThe huge crowd of protesters at Victory Monument, one of the biggest gatherings in Bangkok, began to disperse at around 8.20pm to avoid confrontation with the authority, as water cannons were reportedly being brought to the assembly locations.

The traffic around the monument was able to move again around 9pm.

Meanwhile, the protest at Bangna reportedly saw some tensions after some people allegedly threw objects at a police booth. The alleged offender was detained at the scene but there was no confirmation on whether the unruly elements were protesters or instigators.


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