Bangkok Metropolitan Police today, June 21st, warned political activists to refrain from staging protests in several areas of the capital on June 24th, while the Emergency Decree Decree is currently implemented to prevent the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus.
Police Major General Piya Tawichai, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), said that the Royal Thai Police are preparing crowd control forces after five groups of pro-democracy demonstrators had recently announced protests across the city, including the October 14th Memorial, the Government House, and the Democracy Monument.
Although the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has recently announced the easing of health measures, including any large gatherings of 50 to 500 people, permission must be approved by the district office or the Department of Health in Bangkok, according to the Deputy Commissioner.
“Despite the easing of some measures, Bangkok is still under the implementation of the Emergency Decree and is still designated as a prohibited city for large gatherings or any activities that would incite unrest to prevent the spread of the virus. It is impossible to properly execute Covid-19 prevention methods at a protest, especially if it becomes tense. Therefore, the protesters are not allowed to stage any activities, regardless of how many letters had been previously submitted for permission,” he added.
As for the preparations for the upcoming protests, the police are coming up with a plan to handle the situation carefully and cautiously since all of the scheduled places are significant historical landmarks.
Protesters, meanwhile, have stated they plan to move forward with scheduled protests, some of which are reportedly being led and planned by prominent protest leaders who are out on bail with conditions that prohibit such activities.
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