Police deployed to safeguard Thai parliament ahead of meeting

17:16, April 21, 2010      

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Ten companies of police officers were deployed around and inside the Thai parliament compound Wednesday morning, tightening up security before the parliament goes into sessions.

Commander Police Major General Wichai Sangprapai said the extra security measures were taken in case of an emergency, during which the police will help evacuate the lawmakers attending the meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.

The newly-deployed police force included nine companies of riot police and one company of crowd-control police, aiming to stop red- shirts or other groups from entering the area, Wichai said, adding that for those groups in support of the government, only their representatives will be allowed getting into the area.

The commander said he had asked the red-shirt leaders not to organize any rally around the parliament as it is a "prohibited zone", but so far got no response.

Thousands of red-shirts protesters stormed the parliament building on April 7, forcing lawmakers to flee by helicopters. Later on the day Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and nearby provinces.

Source: Xinhua


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