117 army checkpoints for Bangkok

An extra 117 military checkpoints will be set up to cover risk spots around anti-government rally sites and other key areas in Bangkok in the wake of escalating protest-related violence.

Maj Gen Wara Boonyasit, commander of the 1st Division, King's Guard, announced the plan on Wednesday during a meeting with senior military officers.

The meeting was called to discuss adjusting security measures after unidentified gunmen carried out a series of late-night gun and grenade attacks on People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest sites in Lumpini, Ratchaprasong and Pathumwan on Monday and Tuesday. 

The gunmen also exchanged gunfire with soldiers deployed to provide security around PDRC rallies.

The extra 117 military security and surveillance checkpoints, in addition to the existing 29, will be set up around every rally site, parts of the city deemed vulnerable to violent attacks and crowded areas, Maj Gen Wara said.

He said soldiers will perform their duties to provide safety for all sides — the authorities, the general public and the protesters. 

Routes for military patrols would be adjusted to suit each area and the frequency of patrols would be increased in an attempt to prevent and suppress violence as much as possible, he added. 

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Discussion 1 : 27/02/2014 at 01:13 AM
I wish the Army and the Police Forces would come together to make a joint communique to the effect that both are here to guard and protect all the Thai people, and with a view to solving the present ongoing crisis, any violations of the state, provincial or local laws, or deliberate infringement of others' rights, will be dealt with promptly and decisively. That should stop all the annoying, disrupting and devastating movements. Wishful thinking?
Discussion 2 : 26/02/2014 at 05:30 PM
Where is the police?? Soldier are not police! Is the police working for all Thai people or it is just a private security troop of PT with it care taker government? If it is so, then they should not paid with tax money.
Discussion 3 : 26/02/2014 at 05:26 PM
I tell Chitpas Kridakorn, to stay away from politics as she not know what means to run a country with a comittee it means foreign investors will not invest in the country and maybe some already here will seek other Democratic country. In Democrat countries reforms should take place in Parliament not on the streets with many protesters there they dont know what reforms are , as most of them are non educated people.Although you changed the name because of family business, that means nothing as many people i know already boycot your products.If you are inteligent enough persuade Suthep to go on the table to talk i hate seeing people dead .
Discussion 4 : 26/02/2014 at 05:18 PM
Oh no. Here we go. More traffic jams. I wish they would sort this protest out.

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