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Use of amplifiers at rally banned by CRES
« on: September 18, 2010, 06:58:49 AM »

Use of amplifiers at rally banned by CRES

Red-shirt protesters will be prohibited from using amplifiers this weekend as they hold a rally to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2006 coup, the authorities said yesterday.
The ban on amplifiers was added to an earlier order from the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) on public gatherings in provinces that are under the state of emergency. At present, the emergency decree is in effect in seven provinces, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.

Protesters will only be allowed to use megaphones during the rally, Royal Thai Police spokesman Maj-General Prawut Thawornsiri said, adding that the police force was working closely with the rally leaders, who had accepted the conditions.

No more than 5,000 people are expected to join the rally, the spokesman said, adding that the situation should be under control. He said that the police was aware that the red-shirt movement's rivals - known as the "multi-coloured shirts" - would also be gathering at Rajprasong intersection but did not expect any problems if no laws were broken.

The CRES convened a meeting yesterday, which was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who is in charge of national security affairs. Once the three-hour-long meeting was over, deputy commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol Colonel Songpol Watthanachai told reporters that some 3,000 police officers would be deployed to keep maintain and order. Also, more than 100 checkpoints would be set up across the city as part of increased security measures.

He said the initial estimate pointed to some 1,000 people joining the rally.

Army commander-in-chief General Anupong Paochinda, who was among the senior officials attending yesterday's CRES meeting, said he did not think anyone would want to cause violence tomorrow.

"If everyone exercises their constitutional rights properly, there should be no problems," he said.

The red shirts were meant to mark the coup anniversary and the fourth month since the dispersal of their protest yesterday by placing flowers in front of prisons in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Maha Sarakham, Lampang, Pathum Thani, Phrae, Chiang Rai and Uttaradit.

However, no flowers were placed outside the Chiang Mai Prison, where six red-shirt activists are being detained, and local leaders could not be reached for comment.

CRES spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd said about 1,000 people took part in the flower-laying ceremony in Bangkok yesterday, and between 30 and 100 in each of the other eight provinces. He also thanked participants for not causing any violence.

Opposition Pheu Thai MP and red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan said yesterday that his fellow red shirts would lay roses at prisons nationwide every week until all the red-shirt detainees are released.

The campaign is organised to prove that they have not forgotten their comrades in prison, he said. Jatuporn, one of the leaders behind the protest earlier this year, was speaking after taking part in a flower-laying ceremony with other members of the movement in front of a Bangkok prison yesterday.

Red shirts are being detained in 17 prisons nationwide for allegedly violating the emergency law.

Jatuporn said the campaign was not meant to put pressure on the courts considering red-shirt cases, and warned the government to not instigate any violence during red-shirt activities in Chiang Mai on Sunday in order to have something to blame the group for.

In a related development, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said state agencies were monitoring the movement of some foreign nationals, but declined to go into detail. He also refused to confirm a remark made by former deputy permanent-secretary of Defence, Admiral Bannawit Kengrien, who said that Cambodian nationals of Vietnamese descent had entered Thailand to incite unrest.

He said such developments only showed that certain groups were still resorting to violence.

The Nation