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Plans finalised for huge security operation  for this weekend’s Asean Summit: Prawit 

Jun 18. 2019
Prawit Wongsuwan
Prawit Wongsuwan
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By The Nation

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Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on Tuesday wrapped up security preparations ahead of the Asean Summit in Bangkok this weekend, for which a huge number of police will be mobilised and hi-tech equipment used to guard the meeting.

He has also ordered the police to control traffic flow and escort the foreign guests to and from the summit. 

More than 10,000 police officers will be positioned along the routes and at the spots that the Asean heads of government and their spouses visit, including Don Mueang airbase and the summit hotel and meeting hall, Prawit announced.

Importantly, he added, commuters in the capital should be impacted by the meeting and the security arrangements surrounding it as little as possible.

The Air Force is responsible for anti-drone missions and guarding the visitors at Don Mueang airbase, he said, adding that the Navy will maintain order along the riverside, while the Army will take care of intelligence.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, meanwhile, has arranged plans for disaster risks, and the Public Health Ministry is providing clinics and medical teams, the deputy PM – who is also defence minister – said.

The Asean heads of government gather on Saturday and Sunday at a Bangkok hotel for the summit. 

Wireless Road from Sarasin intersection to Phloen Chit intersection will be closed from 6am to 6pm on both days. 

People will have to use Rama IV Road and Phloen Chit Road instead.

Anyone wanting to complain about the effects of the meeting on them, or inform the authorities about any serious threats or abnormal incidents, should contact the Damrongdhama Centre, the Government Contact Centre or the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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