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Thailand’s Anti Coup Protesters Warned of Drastic Action by Military



A protester is detained by Thai soldier during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok

A protester is detained by Thai soldier during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok

BANGKOK – An anti-coup activist in Thailand has called for a rally to defy the military government’s ban on demonstrations. The Royal Thai Police Thursday warned anti coup protesters to halt their protest immediately or else they will face drastic action.

Troops and police are now standing by to begin enforcing laws against violators of martial law at 5 p.m. today.

Warning by the police was made at a press conference called by the deputy commissioner of the Royal  Thai Police Pol Gen Somyos Phumpanmuang today.

He said the police was designated by the National Council for Peace and Order to maintain peace and order at the Victory Monument.

From the information received by the military intelligence, the protest was not natural but well organized and incited by leaders.

They have no good intention but assembled at the place with hidden agenda, he said.

With the information received, he said these protesters would be dealt drastically with tough measures.

He did not reveal what measures would be taken but said they would be dealt with step by step and in line with international standards.

He also warned outsiders or those gather at the place as onlookers to keep off the place as the police would enforce the law toughly to return peace and order to the country.

He also said the NCPO head had good intention to bring good things back to the country, citing the cash payment to farmers as an example

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