Militants likely to incite violence during "red-shirt" rally: police

23:08, September 15, 2010      

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Thailand's Metropolitan Police Chief Pol Lt-Gen Santan Chayanont said on Wednesday that he received the intelligence report saying there will be a group of armed militants to instigate violence during the forthcoming "red- shirt" rally this weekend, INN local media reported.

He revealed that these militants normally dressing in black had been trained in neighboring Cambodia before re-entered to Bangkok for the purpose of violent incitement. According to the report, these men have rent a condominium nearby the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's house.

Pol Lt-Gen Santan said he had directed close monitoring on the movement of the instigators already.

As for the "red-shirt" rally, he said the police will not allow the demonstrators to break law and will impose law on those who violate.

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as "red-shirt" movement, will stage demonstration in the capital city of Bangkok and Chiangmai on Sept. 17-19 with smaller rallies in other provinces to denounce the 2006 coup detat which toppled the regime of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

During the months-long protest of the UDD from March to May this year, there were militants armed with munitions lurking among the protesters and attacking against troops and civilians. The government blamed these men dressing in black for triggering clashes between the military and the protesters which eventually resulted in 91 people dead and almost 2,000 injured.

Source: Xinhua


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