4,000 Thai police prepared for red-shirts rally on March 12

10:17, March 05, 2011      

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Altogether 4,050 police forces or 27 companies will be deployed to ensure peace and order in Bangkok during the anti-government planned "red-shirts" rally next Saturday, March 12, police said.

Police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree said 11 companies of police under the command of deputy commander of metropolitan police Pol Maj Gen Kririn Inkaew will be dispatched at Government House.

Another five companies will be deployed at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek road. Other six companies will be stationed at the Democracy monument, Bangkok Post online reported.

In addition, five companies of police will be deployed inside and around the parliament building compound.

Pol Gen Wichean insisted that the law will be enforced equally to all protester groups and without double standards.

He was confident that there would be no violence during the red- shirts rally, but police will have to be careful on the violence instigated by the third party who might take this opportunity to incite unrest.

The red-shirt is planning to hold a mass rally on March 12 to call for justice for the imprisoned red-shirts in various prisons across the country.

More than a hundred of red-shirt supporters are detained in prison across the country for terrorism charge after the major crackdown on red-shirt protesters in May.

The anti-government protestors occupied Ratchaprasong intersection, Bangkok's central business zone, for more than one month and called for the government to dissolve the parliament and hold fresh election. The demonstration ended after a week-long confrontation with the troops and many red-shirt core members were charged with terrorism.

Source: Xinhua
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