2,000 police deployed in Bangkok to handle Red Shirt’s Sunday activities

Thai riot police

Thai riot police. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

BANGKOK, Sept 18 — Nearly 2,000 police will be deployed around Ratchaprasong where anti-government ‘Red Shirt’ United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) activists will conduct activities to mark the fourth month since government forces forcefully regained the area from the protesters.

Eighty-nine persons were killed, and at least 1,900 were wounded during several confrontations before the protest ended on May 19.

The activities also marked the fourth anniversary of the September 19 coup which toppled prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Santhan Chayanont said 1,800 police from the Special Branch Police and the Metropolitan Police Bureau would be deployed at Ratchaprasong intersection and surrounding areas.

Checkpoints are being set up to search where security will inspect for arms and third-party suspects who might cause disruptive incidents.


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