THAILAND : Demonstrators mobilize forces to seize provincial halls

BANGKOK, 27 Nov 2013 (NNT) — The Ministry of Defense has expressed its concerns over the current protests and urged demonstrations to not violate the law.According to Defence Ministry Spokesman Col. Thanatip Sawangsaeng, the army will not intervene in the current ongoing protests, as the Ministry has deemed that the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) is still capable of managing the crowd. 

In regard to the handling of the demonstrators, Col. Thanatip stressed the importance of the procedures carried out by the government’s policy in using patience and non-violent means in resolving the problem.

At the moment, Col. Thanatip added, there is no need for the army to intervene, and that the government has made no requests for it to do so.

BANGKOK, 27 November 2013 (NNT) – Anti-government demonstrators are marching to seize provincial halls across the nation today in a bid to further pressure the government to cave in to their demands.Over 1,000 protesters occupied the provincial hall in the southern province of Trang late last night. Provincial authorities have instructed police and defense volunteers to prevent the mob from damaging state property during the siege.
In Songkla, up to 200 demonstrators gathered at the province’s city hall, calling for the resignation of the Yingluck administration. Security teams have been stationed around the premise to keep peace and order.

Meanwhile, in Bangkok, protesters led by former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban will today move from the Ministry of Finance to the Government Office Complex on Chaeng Wattana road. The rally is also set to gather at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Ministry of Commerce.


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