Suthep sorry for verbal attacks on police

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

BANGKOK - Protesters yesterday mended fences with police and asked that they speedily and seriously investigate a series of recent attacks that led to the deaths of four children.

National Police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew met four representatives of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) yesterday afternoon and promised to speed up investigations into the deaths of children at rally sites.

Adul met the four representatives inside the Royal Thai Police compound after rally chief Suthep Thaugsuban led protesters who wore black to mourn the deaths of the children to rally there at 10am. Suthep demanded that police speed up their investigations and arrest the attackers whose actions led to the deaths of the four children - two in Bangkok and two in Trat.

Suthep read a statement from the back of a six-wheel truck parked outside the police headquarters, saying police had initially used harsh tactics against the protesters but later changed their methods to comply with the Civil Court's order. Suthep then apologised for his verbal attacks against police.

He could not meet with Adul himself because the PDRC leader has an arrest warrant hanging over his head. The PDRC was thus represented by Chaiwuti Bannawat, Sakoltee Phatthiyakul, Taya Teepsuwan and Chitpas Kridakorn. Adul promised that police would do their best to investigate cases of political violence.

He also asked the four representatives to tell the PDRC to allow police to inspect the scenes at rally sites when violence occurs. He said police were always blocked by security guards from entering the rally sites.

The PDRC protesters said they were happy that Adul came out in person to receive the demands from the four representatives.

The protesters left the front of the Royal Thai Police compound at 1.20pm.