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Safety tight as Bangkok braces for protests

BANGKOK – Thai authorities increased security around parliament on Friday earlier than demonstrations coinciding with a no confidence vote against the manager of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
A number of water cannon trucks were spotted near parliament, raising the prospect of renewed clashes between protesters and police.
The police says all protests in Bangkok are unlawful, citing the ban on public gatherings since a 2nd wave of coronavirus infections started in December.
“We are able to no longer allow the demonstrators to enter the condominium in front of parliament,” Police Major Habitual Piya Tavichai, deputy commissioner of Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau, suggested Reuters.
The childhood-led protests emerged splendid three hundred and sixty five days to ask the resignation of onetime coup chief Prayuth and an stay to what they call militia dominance of executive.
Thousands of police officers were on standby earlier than the parliamentary vote scheduled for the weekend, which Prayuth and his cabinet are expected to outlive.
The censure debate started on Tuesday, led by an opposition that has acknowledged a 2019 election changed into as soon as engineered to make certain that that Prayuth remained in energy 5 years after overthrowing an elected executive. Prayuth’s administration says the vote changed into as soon as free and fair appropriate-making an are attempting.
The protests get broken long standing taboos by calling for reform of the grand monarchy that activists insist helps allow institution rule. The palace has no longer commented.
Instruct leaders deliberate to procure in front of parliament on Friday afternoon and to stage one other squawk in Bangkok on Saturday.
Piya acknowledged the police had deployed 900 officers around parliament and build 11,850 officers on standby for the weekend.
“We are able to no longer consume all (the forces) but now we get the pressure to be known as upon when indispensable,” Piya acknowledged.
Final week, police clashed with protesters tense the launch of four activists jailed pending trial on charges they insulted the monarchy, a crime in Thailand punishable by up to 15 years in prison. REUTERS

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