Thailand News – Red Shirts Back to Protesting Thai Government

Thai army chief ordered the setting up of a war room to monitor the planned mass rally on Sunday by the anti-government “red-shirts,” Bangkok Post online reported on Saturday.

Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Saturday morning called a meeting to discuss measures to maintain law and order during the red-shirt rally Sunday at the Khok Wua intersection on the historical Ratchadamnoen Avenue.

The army expects about 75,000 red-shirts to turn out Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the deadly clash between “red-shirts” and the military at the Khok Wua intersection in April last year.

The war room will monitor the situation and all speeches delivered at the rally stage by core leaders. Legal action will be taken against all law violators.

All army units in Bangkok are ordered to be on standby at their barracks to help police maintain law and order, if emergency occurs.

Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Saturday that he was confident that the police are capable of controlling the situation.

The chronic protest by the “red-shirts,” causing 91 deaths and nearly 2,000 injuries, was held from March 14 to May 19 last year. The protestors occupied Bangkok’s central business zone for more than one month and called for the government to dissolve the parliament and hold fresh election.

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