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Protesters head back to Ratchaprasong, motorists urged to avoid rally site

Mar 24. 2021
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By The Nation

Pro-democracy protesters will rally at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok this evening (Wednesday), the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group said on its Facebook page.

The group said three speakers – Pasarawalee "Mind" Thanakitwibulpol, Benja Apan and Attapon “Kru Yai” Buapat – will address the rally. The speakers are among 13 protesters charged with lese majeste for participating in an October 26, 2020 demonstration in front of the German Embassy calling on its government to investigate HM the King’s actions in Germany.

Separately, Deputy Metropolitan Police chief Piya Tawichai said police will be stationed near BTS Skytrain stations to maintain peace and order “in line with international practice”.

"We would like to emphasise that holding a demonstration in Bangkok is considered a violation of the emergency decree and communicable diseases act," Piya said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Metropolitan Police chief Jirasan Kaewsaengake said police would not close roads at the rally site.

"However, we would like to ask motorists to avoid using routes near the protest," Jirasan said.

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