Security stepped up in Bangkok as protests resume

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SuthepAs anti-government protest marches resumed in Bangkok on March 24, police have beefed up security measures in the Thai capital. Police stations throughout the capital were told to pay more attention to the offices of the Constitutional Court, the Election Commission, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and other independent bodies, police spokesman Piya Uthayo said. Some of these venues have been targets for grenades thrown allegedly by pro-government activists in protest against the recent nullification of the February 2 general elections.

Anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, left Lumpini Park in Bangkok – their last remaining rally site – on March 24 in the morning for a march to invite Bangkok people to join the PDRC’s major rally on March 29.

About 2,000 PDRC guards were reported to be deployed along the route to provide security for the marchers.  Police have also been asked to help facilitate traffic flow. The protesters were being greeted and cheered by people along the march route, reports said.

Moves by independent bodies and anti-government protesters have angered red-shirt supporters of the government, who also threatened to call a huge rally to “protect” the government and democracy on April 5.

Police spokesman Piya said the chiefs of all police stations in Bangkok had to assign security officials to guard all judges and senior officials of independent organisations. He said police had to set up a security grid in risky areas, mostly near the offices of key agencies and the homes of top officials.

All passing vehicles in the areas must be searched for weapons, explosives or materials that could be used for violence and mobile checkpoints should be set up 400 meters from “risky” areas.

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As anti-government protest marches resumed in Bangkok on March 24, police have beefed up security measures in the Thai capital. Police stations throughout the capital were told to pay more attention to the offices of the Constitutional Court, the Election Commission, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and other independent bodies, police spokesman Piya Uthayo said. Some of these venues have been targets for grenades thrown allegedly by pro-government activists in protest against the recent nullification of the February 2 general elections. Anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, left Lumpini Park in Bangkok - their last remaining...

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SuthepAs anti-government protest marches resumed in Bangkok on March 24, police have beefed up security measures in the Thai capital. Police stations throughout the capital were told to pay more attention to the offices of the Constitutional Court, the Election Commission, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and other independent bodies, police spokesman Piya Uthayo said. Some of these venues have been targets for grenades thrown allegedly by pro-government activists in protest against the recent nullification of the February 2 general elections.

Anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, left Lumpini Park in Bangkok – their last remaining rally site – on March 24 in the morning for a march to invite Bangkok people to join the PDRC’s major rally on March 29.

About 2,000 PDRC guards were reported to be deployed along the route to provide security for the marchers.  Police have also been asked to help facilitate traffic flow. The protesters were being greeted and cheered by people along the march route, reports said.

Moves by independent bodies and anti-government protesters have angered red-shirt supporters of the government, who also threatened to call a huge rally to “protect” the government and democracy on April 5.

Police spokesman Piya said the chiefs of all police stations in Bangkok had to assign security officials to guard all judges and senior officials of independent organisations. He said police had to set up a security grid in risky areas, mostly near the offices of key agencies and the homes of top officials.

All passing vehicles in the areas must be searched for weapons, explosives or materials that could be used for violence and mobile checkpoints should be set up 400 meters from “risky” areas.

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