Thai police to prevent malicious group from provoking violence during rally

10:32, April 04, 2010      

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As the red-shirts are staging their third round of a mass rally in Thailand's capital city, the national police are closely monitoring the situation amid concern that some ill-intended group may incite violence, a senior police said Saturday.

According to the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) under the government, the Peace-Keeping Operation Command shared the same view as the police do, said Police Major General Prawut Thavornsiri, spokesman of the national police operation command.

The Peace-Keeping Operation Command's intelligence reports showed that the ill-intended group, or a "third hand", reportedly will provoke violence at the rally sites, he said.

Hence, authorized personnel from related agencies have been trying to negotiate with the red-shirted protesters for not to stay for another three days at the Rathchaprasong Intersection, as announced by the red-shirts' leaders, Thai News Agency reported.

The red-shirts arrived at the Rathchaprasong Intersection in central Bangkok by 11:00 a.m. local time from their main rally site Phan Fah Bridge. Several shopping malls nearby the intersection have temporarily closed due to the ongoing rally.

In a related development, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva disclosed that the Peace-Keeping Operation Command started a meeting at 05:00 p.m. local time to assess the rally situation.

Security has also been beefed up at the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bangkok, in which the Peace-Keeping Operation Command is situated.

Tens of thousands of red-shirted people, many of them supporters of the ousted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, have stormed into Bangkok since March 12, demanding the premier to dissolve the lower House of parliament to pave the way for a new general election.

The traffic situation is largely affected by the red-shirted rally.



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