BANGKOK: — Security will be tightened in areas likely to be flashpoints for violence ahead of tomorrow’s landmark rulings of the Constitution Tribunal on the electoral fraud cases against the country’s two largest political parties.
A 13,000-strong combined force of police and soldiers will be deployed to maintain order and prevent violence, Council for National Security chairman General Sonthi Boonyaratglin said. He was speaking after a meeting of officials in preparation for judgement day.
There has been concern that supporters of the rival parties are likely to gather in great numbers in the capital and could cause trouble if they find the rulings disappointing.
So far so good. Just another government crisis in a third world country. But some of their precautions are unique.
Checkpoints will be set up on major city streets to intercept their vehicles or make arrests in case the group members showed signs of disobedience.
Elephants will also be barred from entering Bangkok at this time.