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    2013 : Thai police brace for Bangkok rally

    Thai police brace for Bangkok rally
    04 Aug 2013

    Thai police braced for a fresh round of anti-government protest in Bangkok on Sunday amid security concerns in a city where multiple rallies over recent years have led to unrest.

    A "Red Shirt" supporter holds up a portrait of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, current prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) at a gathering to mark the third anniversary of the military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
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    BANGKOK: Thai police braced for a fresh round of anti-government protest in Bangkok on Sunday amid security concerns in a city where multiple rallies over recent years have led to unrest.

    Stages were erected and some early demonstrators milled near the planned rally site, a park in the centre of the capital.

    "The situation is normal. Police will take care of security during the protest," said deputy metropolitan police chief Parinya Chansuriya, adding that there was as yet no official estimate for the numbers expected.

    The protests are being held by the self-styled "People's Army" -- a coalition of ultra-royalist groups who loathe the Puea Thai ruling party and its self-exiled figurehead Thaksin Shinawatra.

    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, on Saturday expressed "worry that the rally could lead to violence"

    The Thai government has already invoked a special security law to control the protests, which could go on for several days. More than 1,600 police were deployed on Saturday to protect key government buildings, while thousands more were put on standby.

    Police have said the special security law does not extend to the park area, but that they are authorised to use water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets if violence erupts.

    Mass demonstrations, often involving bloodshed, have become a recurrent feature of Thailand's turbulent politics in recent years, with ultra-royalist nationalist "Yellow Shirts" and their pro-Thaksin "Red Shirt" foes both taking to the streets.

    In 2010, two months of Red Shirt protest against a previous government brought much of Bangkok to a standstill and culminated in a bloody military crackdown. Some 90 people were killed in the unrest, with around 1,900 injured.

    Sunday's protesters are targeting a government-backed bill, due to enter parliament on August 7, which proposes an amnesty for those involved in political violence since a 2006 coup that toppled Thaksin.

    The country has been riven by political tensions since the overthrow of Thaksin, a deeply divisive figure who lives abroad but still draws loyalty among the kingdom's poor, rural working class.

    The contentious amnesty bill would scrap charges against protesters involved in incidents from the September 2006 coup until May 2012 -- barring the leaders.

    An attempt to introduce an amnesty bill last year was aborted after Yellow Shirts -- who support the opposition Democrat Party -- rallied outside the legislature.

    The Yellows, who boast support from Bangkok elites and elements in the military, helped unseat Thaksin and claimed the scalps of two allied governments in under five years.

    Their 2008 rallies paralysed Bangkok's main airports stranding thousands of tourists.

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    Lots of rumours yesterday about some unpleasant upcoming events. Tanks being moved around, PAD being mobilized, certain person being moved to Hua Hin, etc. Always rumours around in Thai politics, but hope these ones are wrong...

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    Thai police brace for anti-govt rally in Bangkok
    Aug 04, 2013


    Thai riot policemen stand guard outside the parliament in Bangkok on Aug 1, 2013. Thai police braced for a fresh round of anti-government protest in Bangkok on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, amid security concerns in a city where multiple rallies over recent years have led to unrest.
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    BANGKOK(AFP) - Thai police braced for a fresh round of anti-government protest in Bangkok on Sunday amid security concerns in a city where multiple rallies over recent years have led to unrest.

    Stages were erected and some early demonstrators milled near the planned rally site, a park in the centre of the capital.

    "The situation is normal. Police will take care of security during the protest," said deputy metropolitan police chief Parinya Chansuriya, adding that there was as yet no official estimate for the numbers expected.

    The protests are being held by the self-styled "People's Army" - a coalition of ultra-royalist groups who loathe the Puea Thai ruling party and its self-exiled figurehead Thaksin Shinawatra.

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    3 Bangkok districts placed under Internal Security Act
    Nirmal Ghosh, Indochina Bureau Chief In Bangkok
    Aug 02, 2013

    Govt fears violence at upcoming rally over amnesty Bill

    THE Thai authorities, fearing violence at an anti-government rally on Sunday, have placed three districts in Bangkok under the country's Internal Security Act (ISA) until Aug 10.

    The protests are in response to a Bill, proposed by a ruling party Member of Parliament, that will grant amnesty to an estimated 1,000 people on both sides of Thailand's political divide who are in jail or face charges related to their roles in political unrest.

    The Bill seeks to apply the amnesty retroactively, starting with the coup d'etat of 2006 which unseated then Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's billionaire brother. But it does not apply to leaders of political protest groups. Parliament convened yesterday, and the Bill proposed by MP Worachai Hema will be debated on Aug 7, according to the ruling Puea Thai party.

    The protest organisers, from a range of anti-Thaksin groups allying in a so-called "People's Army", claim the Bill could let people convicted of offending the monarchy out of jail and pave the way for the return of Thaksin from self-exile abroad.

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    Off-limit areas: roads closed until August 10
    Khwanhathai Malakan
    August 2, 2013

    Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Pol Maj-General Adul Narongsak said the Peacekeeping Centre has, until August 10, prohibited unauthorised access to Government House, the Parliament compound and the following 12 routes:

    Ratchasima Road from Suan Ruen Ruedi to Pracha Kasem intersections;

    Phitsanulok Road from Wang Daeng to Panitchayakarn intersections;

    Uthong Nai Road from Uthong Nai intersection to the rear of Royal Plaza;

    Likhit Road

    Rama V Road from Orathai Bridge to Sukhothai intersection;

    Sukhothai Road from Suan Ruen Ruedi to Sukhothai intersections;

    Rajvithee Road from Karn Ruan to Rajvithee intersections;

    Rajdamnoen Nok Road from Royal Plaza to Jor Por Ror intersections;

    Lukluang Road from Wissanukam to Thevakam bridges;

    Pichai Road from Khattiyanee to Rajvithee intersections;

    Nakhon Pathom Road;

    Krung Kasem Road from Pracha Kasem to Thevakam intersections.

    nationmultimedia.com

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    Protest remains under control: police
    August 4, 2013

    The anti-government protest remains under control, said Pol Major-General Adul Narongsak, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

    As of 4.30pm, he said at a press conference that the situation remains calm. He also told reporters that there is no negotiation with the protesters and there is no reason for that.

    The police would closely monitor their movement and collect as much information on the leaders and protesters as possible, he said.

    He believed that more would join the protest on August 6, a day ahead of the parliamentary vetting.

    He insisted that the Parliament, the Government House and other government buildings are strictly prohibited, and violators will face strict actions.

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    Meeting at the Rama VI statue, how appropriate...

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    So far it appears to be a bit of a flop... 1500 to 3000 attendees. Reading the thinly veiled threats from Suthep and Abhisit in today's BP "breaking news", it wouldn't surprise me if they resort to more extreme provocation in the next couple of days.

    It's too bad Yinglak has seen fit to invoke the ISA, but these people are desperate in the face of their lack of public support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Meeting at the Rama VI statue, how appropriate...
    Subliminally appropriate.
    Vajiravudh was a staunch militarist.

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    Retired Thai military men organize anti-gov't protest in Bangkok

    BANGKOK, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- About 2,000 Thais peacefully gathered here Sunday to protest against the elected government headed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the so-called " Thaksin rule" as well as the legislation designed to grant amnesty to political prisoners and defendants following 2010's crackdowns on Red Shirt protesters.

    The anti-government gathering at the King Rama VI statue outside Lumpini Park in central Bangkok was organized by the so- called Protect Siam Organization and the anti-Thaksin People's Army, consisting of several retired military officers, including former deputy undersecretary of defense Adm Bannawit Kengrian and former deputy Senate speaker Pichet Pattanachoat and a little- known Adm Chai Suwannapap.

    They claimed to be strongly opposed to the so-called "Thaksin rule," referring to former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, the self-exiled brother of Yingluck.

    Calling themselves a group of "joint chiefs of staff", the retired generals, admirals and marshals orchestrated the anti- government protest in the open space outside the park alongside white-mask demonstrators and those who had come from the southern region of Thailand.

    The leading protesters said they will prolong the anti- government rally and eventually proceed to spots just outside parliament to express their ultimate objection to the amnesty bill, scheduled to enter the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

    The bill proposes an amnesty for those involved in political violence since the coup that toppled Thaksin nearly seven years ago. Although the bill excludes protest leaders from being pardoned, the protesters maintained Sunday that the ruling Pheu Thai Party would use it to grant amnesty to Thaksin as well.

    None of the leading protesters commented as to whether any more people might join their rally anywhere else in the capital, while police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew forecast that just about 4, 000 people would demonstrate under their command.

    Meanwhile, four persons were arrested Sunday on charges of posting Internet content deemed as detrimental to public peace and order by urging viewers to share or click "like" for their anti- government messages.

    According to law, those found guilty of sowing social unrest may be subject to a maximum of five years in jail or a maximum of 100,000 baht (3,333 U.S. dollars) in fine or both.

    An estimated 1,100 policemen stood on guard and put on stand-by at and around the rally site without any untoward incidents reported so far.

    Another 100 policemen were deployed outside the residence of the lady premier in a suburban area of the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanghaidaily.com

    Meanwhile, four persons were arrested Sunday on charges of posting Internet content deemed as detrimental to public peace and order by urging viewers to share or click "like" for their anti- government messages.
    Sad and worth highlighting .........................

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    Majority Of Thais Against Political Rallies

    BANGKOK, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- A survey finds the majority of Thais do not want to see political rallies taking place in the country, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

    The Dusit poll conducted last week reveals 54.07 per cent of Thais did not wish to see political rallies and 25 per cent said demonstrations may be held but must be organised within the legal framework.

    And for those disagreeing with political rallies, many said rallies create social divisiveness in the country.

    About 52.57 per cent of respondents also said political differences should be settled through "rational means".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    About 52.57 per cent of respondents also said political differences should be settled through "rational means".
    I always thought this was what elections were about. Apparently the Yellow generals and their supporters only favor elections when they win, and if they don't win the election doesn't count for anything.

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    Anti-government movement to campaign with embassies
    August 5, 2013

    The People's Army is planning to submit letters to embassies, Asean, the EU and the UN to explain reasons behind its campaign to overthrow what it calls the "regime of ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra."

    Thaikorn Polsuwan, the groupís core leader, said the letter would be delivered to the Chinese Embassy on Monday afternoon at 3.

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    Police put concrete barriers on five roads around Government House and the Parliament
    August 5, 2013

    Motorists were told on Monday to avoid five roads around Government House and the Parliament, as police have placed concrete blocks in this area preparation for the anti-government protesters. The move has worsened traffic gridlocks in the area, particularly during peak hours.

    The followings are the five roads to be avoided:

    Rajvithee Road from Karn Ruan to the Rajvithee intersection

    Pichai Road from Khattiyanee to the Rajvithee intersection;

    Uthong Nai Road from the Uthong Nai intersection to the rear of Royal Plaza;

    Phitsanulok Road from Wang Daeng to the Panitchayakarn intersection;

    Rajdamnoen Road from Suan Misakawan to the Makkawan intersection.

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    Thai riot policemen stand guard behind a barricade outside Government House in preparation for anti-government protests in Bangkok August 5, 2013. The Thai government has imposed an Internal Security Act (ISA) for a period of 10 days starting August 1 ahead of an anti-government street rally to protest a government plan to pass a national reconciliation bill that critics say could end up whitewashing crimes committed by exiled ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, according to local media.
    REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by shanghaidaily.com

    Meanwhile, four persons were arrested Sunday on charges of posting Internet content deemed as detrimental to public peace and order by urging viewers to share or click "like" for their anti- government messages.
    Sad and worth highlighting .........................
    see also :

    http://teakdoor.com/thailand-and-asi...ml#post2526119 (Thailand : Army denies coup rumours)

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    BMA closes 9 schools for 3 days
    August 6, 2013

    Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the closure of nine schools in Dusit District for safety reasons.

    The schools will be closed during Aug 7-9.


    The schools affected are:

    Thammapitraram

    Benjamabopit

    Chan Samosorn

    Tewaraj Koonchorn

    SamanaNum Boriharn

    Pracha Rabuetham

    Sawatwaree Si Ma ram

    Rajapatikaram

    Sukhothai

    In its statement, BMA said that it would closely monitor the situation and be prepared to facilitate the general public.

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    An anti-government protester clashes with riot police officers outside the parliament in Bangkok August 7, 2013. Thailand's parliament was due to debate a political amnesty bill on Wednesday as anti-government protesters marched to try to get it scrapped, saying it could let ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra return from exile without having to serve a jail sentence.
    REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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