More than 1,000 demonstrators held an anti-coup and anti-government rally in Bangkok's Sanam Luang (the Royal Square) late Friday, calling for the government and the military-founded Council for National Security (CNS) to step down.
The demonstration was led by controversial television broadcaster the People's Television (PTV) which was recently banned from broadcasting via satellite by the government with the reason of "the station was founded unlawfully."
The slogans of the rally was more than complaining the unfair fate of PTV. Many demonstrators were holding pictures of the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, condemning the Council for National Security (CNS) which was set up by the Army Chief Sonthi Boonyaratkalin after the Sept. 19 coup, and deriding the inefficiency of the government.
The military and the government approved the 4th rally held by PTV earlier although they were severely deprecated by the demonstrators. Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin, chairman of the CNS, said on Friday morning that he was not worried over the rally.
"Nothing to worry about," Sonthi replied when he was asked to comment on the planned demonstration against the government and CNS.
However, more than 900 police officers were deployed around Sanam Luang since Friday afternoon to maintain peace and order. All the people walking into Sanam Luang have been searched for weapons.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Adisorn Nonsee earlier was quoted by the Thai News Agency as saying that those who might possibly launch groundless accusations against others during Friday's demonstration would be immediately brought to justice and all the speeches will be taped.