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THAILAND: AUTHORITIES PREPARED FOR RALLY ON SATURDAY

BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs does not expect a rally planned for May 5 to press the government for a general election, to expand or be joined by other groups and has instructed police to manage crowds with restraint, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) reported.

Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsiphramnakul has inspected crowd control units of Samut Prakan provincial police, who have been readied at Suvarnabhumi Airport Fire Station to manage peace and orderliness at the planned gathering to call for a general election.

The deputy commander has encouraged all officers to exercise restraint and carry out their duties.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan remarked Friday that he does not foresee a large crowd at the rally and does not expect other groups, such as P-Move, to join them.

He explained that a manual passed out to authorities on how to handle the gathering is part of efforts to adhere to international standards and is not specific to the Saturday's rally.

Source: NAM News Network

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