Hundreds of police gathered at the Royal Plaza yesterday to commemorate the death of a fellow officer and to call on their bosses to take care of them at the operational level.
The group, which included commissioned and non-commissioned officers, declared that they would not let their dignity be destroyed.
They wore black ribbons on their arm and observed a period of silence to pay respect to Pol Senior Sergeant Narong Pitisit, who was shot in clashes with protesters at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng last Thursday.
The officers also called for the authorities to take legal action against people who hurt police.
A group, calling themselves an assembly to protect the dignity of police, issued a six-point statement, saying they would uphold the constitutional monarchy, but they had the right to protect themselves and people who attack them should be prosecuted.
They said they were against the use of violence against police and moves to instigate rifts and hatred against the force. They also said that moves to frame officers and destroy the rule of law must be monitored.
Metropolitan Police Division 7 chief Pol Maj-General Piya Tawichai took the statement and said the Royal Thai Police chief General Adul Saengsingkaew and Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Camronwit Toopgrajank stood alongside their subordinates and advised them to stick to the law. They said they would not take a step back to keep the peace.