Soldiers protecting key sites

The army has been asked to send soldiers to help protect 20 important sites during the Bangkok shutdown, army spokesman Winthai Suwaree confirmed on Saturday.

The request came from the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), he said.

Gen Winthai said soldiers and police began taking up positions on Friday night at key sites in the capital, including Government House, Suvarnabhumi airport, the headquarters of television channels 3, 5, 7, 9, NBT and Thai PBS, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, since Friday night.

The presence of soldiers at the TV stations led to the spread of romours on social media that a coup was being planned. The rumours were quickly dismissed as baseless.

The government has said that around 20,000 police and soldiers would be deployed to protect property and guard against violence.

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led by former Democrat MP Suthep Thuagsuban, plans to "shut down" Bangkok on Monday by rallying at seven main areas in the capital, to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ministers to step down.

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Discussion 1 : 12/01/2014 at 12:09 PM
Your continuous instance that only "democratically elected" matters is just bizarre. If you want "total respect of the law", then surely the shockingly corrupt PT party antics deserve the same treatment, and seriously muddle the black and white picture you paint.
Discussion 2 : 12/01/2014 at 10:53 AM
Yes. Yingluck can resign. Problem solved.
Discussion 3 : 12/01/2014 at 02:18 AM
It is so frustrating to watch the capital sink further into chaos each day with Suthep in the lead and absolutely NOTHING is done about it. Are there no higher authorities that can stop this madness and restore order?
Discussion 4 : 12/01/2014 at 01:33 AM
In this case Pipat, it means virtually every media, governmental organisastion, NGO, UN, Human rights group and reasonably read individual that is not directly involved in Sutheps latest Putch believes the same. In Thailands case they think a behind the scenes elitist group in Bangkok has set out its own rules, own constitution, packed the courts with its own member to act in one way only. That being to keep this small clique in power whilst 90 percent of Thailand are deprived of their votes. Not liking it does not change this truth!!!! They faile this time as the Army is not playing ball.
Discussion 5 : 11/01/2014 at 10:58 PM
Often I ask myself "who is the international community?". Is it kind of a global consensus or twisted images created at times by some parties?
Discussion 6 : 11/01/2014 at 06:38 PM
The current government has done little to help this country. Quite to the contrary, they are just enriching themselves and try to white wash Thakisn. I don't agree with Suthep and what he is doing, but also don't agree with what the current government has done. It's a "lose lose" situation. The opposition has offered an alternative to the amnesty bill. That was rejected by the government. Hardly a compromise.
Discussion 7 : 11/01/2014 at 06:38 PM
A Thai monk recently changed a social media profile picture to "United we stand divided we fall". Good advice for all Thai people. I also remember the slogan, "Thais love Thais"...what happened to that attitude?
Discussion 8 : 11/01/2014 at 05:55 PM
Ooo hoo... I wouldn't underestimate those with crocodile tears if I were you.
Discussion 9 : 11/01/2014 at 05:42 PM
it seems like the military forces are perfectly positioned for kicking out the puea thaksin dictatorship.
Discussion 10 : 11/01/2014 at 05:42 PM
it seems like the military forces are perfectly positioned for kicking out the puea thaksin dictatorship.
Discussion 11 : 11/01/2014 at 04:47 PM
So far government has made immense compromises, and can make no more. Suthep saw this as weakness, not willingness to find peaceful solutions. So instead of backing off he is going for the juggle vein.
Discussion 12 : 11/01/2014 at 03:33 PM
Please think about who encouraged the mob leaders and protesting mobs by giving them facilities; support and financial contribution. From TV many women and old ladies have spoiled these mobs by giving them their mere saving. Without this blind action, situation could not be so bad.
Discussion 13 : 11/01/2014 at 03:17 PM
It is good to see the security but it should not have to be this way as the protestors leaders are wrong in attempting to seize anything in an attempt to overthrow an elected government. An overthrow would be worse for the country than elections. The international community will not recognize it and the majority of people who have sat on the sidelines would then be forced to come out and act. Better to take the option of sitting down to discussions and make compromises all for the betterment of the country and people.
Discussion 14 : 11/01/2014 at 03:09 PM
If they finally make their duty which is to obey to the government democratically elected, in the total respect of the law, the country, the peace and the democracy will be better protected.
Discussion 15 : 11/01/2014 at 02:35 PM
And who takes the job afterwards? You talk just as in-consequent as almost all other, only for today, tomorrow never comes in the country of smiles.
Discussion 16 : 11/01/2014 at 02:25 PM
The Thaksin militia/Thai police may not be so likely to use live ammunition against their enemies, the protesters, with soldiers watching them.
Discussion 17 : 11/01/2014 at 01:55 PM
I hope the Thaksin regime quits soon. Then I hope Suthep goes home.
Discussion 18 : 11/01/2014 at 01:54 PM
If have soldier at key site, easier to make the coup if they need to. The Government not mind if this happen because better than Suthep take over the country.

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