Updated: On avoiding violence

3 12 2013

This from The Nation:

Metropolitan Police Bureau Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Khamronvit Thupkrajang promised Tuesday that police guarding his bureau would no longer fire teargases to fend off protesters.

He said he would allow the protesters to reach and seize the bureau.

The supreme protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, vowed to have protesters “seize” the bureau Tuesday.

Khamronvit said he has not been removed as the commander in charge of forces dealing with the protesters.

He said he had instructed police to open the line and clap to welcome the protesters when they arrive.

Thai Rath reported that Khamronvit inspected the police line at the First Army Division Intersection.

“There will be no clash today. If the protesters want to seize the Metropolitan Police, let them,” Thai Rath quoted Khamronvit as saying.

“I’ve told my subordinates not to fire tear gases. If anything happens, I’ll take responsibility.”

… Khamronvit later told Channel 7 that the prime minister has given him an order not to let any single protester killed.

Update: Protesters have interpreted this as a victory, as has the anti-government leadership. While rumors fly that the Army refused – as it did in 2008 – to support the elected and constitutional government, it remains to be seen what kind of deal has been done or whether there has been top-down pressure on the government.


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