Police exploring legal action against Democracy Monument protest leaders
Thai police are collecting evidence as a basis for possible legal action against the organizers and leaders of the anti-government protest at the Democracy Monument on Saturday.
Representatives of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the Crime Suppression Division, the Technology Crime Suppression Division, the Special Branch, Samranrat, Nang Loeng and Chanasongkram police stations met Monday with Pol Gen Suwat Chaengyodsook, the national deputy police chief, for about three hours, to explore the possibility of taking legal action against those responsible for the protest.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Pakkapong Pongpetra told the media, after the meeting that, initially, police could invoke the Land Traffic Act against the protesters, adding that the police will explore whether the State of Emergency Decree and Disease Control Act could also be invoked, but said, for the time being, there is no need to issue summonses for the protest leaders to acknowledge any charges against them.
The protesters are demanding the dissolution of Parliament, a new Constitution and an end to official limitation of free expression.
Meanwhile, it is reported that some of the protesters have threatened to rally in front of the Army headquarters this evening, against Colonel Nusra Vorapatratorn, deputy spokesperson of the Army, for allegedly insulting those attending Saturday’s protest and suggesting that they focus on doing their jobs rather than joining the protest.
The Colonel later deleted the post from her Facebook account.
Army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree, meanwhile, said Nusra had expressed her personal opinion and that she is no longer the deputy spokesperson.