Police and riot forces on alert at Thailand's Govt House

Police and riot forces on alert at Thailand's Govt House

NSC fears that protesters at Rangsit may link up with others in Bangkok

THE GOVERNMENT is concerned that protesters from 56 organisations camped out at Rangsit University may widen their activities and get out of control, the National Security Council secretary-general said yesterday.

"Around October 13, protesters may make a move to link with protesters near Government House," Paradorn Pattanatabutr said.

Paradorn was referring to a rally by the People's Assembly Reform Thailand group, whose coordinators include the Green Group's Suriyasai Katasila.

Paradorn said a rally organised by the People's Army against the Thaksin Regime would not destabilise the government, but the threat could spiral out of control if it teamed up with the protesters at Rangsit.

He said at this juncture there was no evidence of links between various protesting groups, including rubber farmers in Nakhon Si Thammarat. But the government would continue to closely monitor the situation.

He said laws would be enforced in accordance with the intensity of the protests.

At Government House, some 200 to 300 protesters have camped out for a second day. Police have shut down roads and deployed about 15 companies of anti-riot police with crowd control gear to keep the peace.

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