Sian Powell, Wang Noi
March 15, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Up to 50,000 security personnel were deployed in and around Bangkok yesterday to prevent demonstrators paralysing the city this weekend and toppling the Government.
The regime is braced for unrest, and has prepared water cannon, sound-wave machines, teargas and batons in case protests turn violent. Government insiders say that there are also fears of gun and mortar attacks, and political leaders will be moved to a military command centre during the rallies.
Organisers are hoping to bring a million people on to the streets to protest against what they see as a regime — comprising a clique of military officers, allied with the “aristocracy” and the governing Democrat Party — that has unfairly brought down a series of populist governments, beginning with that of Thaksin Shinawatra, a former Prime Minister.