Security stepped up at Thai parliament to cope with rallies

16:00, January 25, 2011      

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Over 3,000 police personnel have been deployed around the parliament compound to assure security and order amid rallies of "yellow-shirts" and "red-shirts" on Tuesday.

According to the Metropolitan Police Division I, about 600 police are guarding at the front of the parliament only.

The joint sitting of the House and the Senate started on Tuesday its first day of the two-day meeting on charter amendment at the parliament.

The "yellow-shirts" are now gathering at the parliament as well as the Government House to demand the government to withdraw from the Unesco World Heritage Committee, revoke the memorandum of understanding on the Thai-Cambodian border signed in 2000, and expel Cambodian people from disputed border areas.

The police have estimated earlier that the yellow-shirt People' s Alliance for Democracy's (PAD) rally on Tuesday may attract about 3-5 thousands of supporters.

On top of the yellow rally, the June 24th Democracy Group, a splinter group of the "red-shirt" movement, will hold a rally at the symbolic Democracy Monument from 7 to 12 p.m. to protest against the government whom they claimed have imposed unfair treatment on their group.

The "red-shirt" gathering spot which is not far from that of the "yellow-shirts" provoked concerns among security agencies for the possible confrontation.

Source: Xinhua

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