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Bangkok police to target ‘repeat offenders’ in Thailand’s anti-government protests


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Bangkok police have issued warnings that they will work with prosecutors and courts to crack down on anti-government protesters, including higher bail conditions, in order to quell the demonstrations.

The pl. Metropolitan Police Commissioner General Piya Tawichai told reporters yesterday that pro-democracy Thalu Fah protesters would gather at the Nang Loeng intersection at 4 p.m. in an attempt to march toward Government House.

General Piya said Thalu Fah had gathered in the same spot on Monday, blocking traffic, throwing bags of colored paint, draped banners over police barricades, cut barbed wire and set off fireworks in an attempt to breach police barriers blocking their way to blocked the Government House. Police detained 26 protesters, seven of whom were arrested and released on bail on charges related to previous demonstrations.

General Piya said the police will ask the court to reject their new bail applications.

They would also check more than 500 other detained protesters and urge prosecutors and the court to tighten bail restrictions or increase sentences if they were found to have repeated rally-related violations, he added.

According to Piya, there have been 234 protest-related incidents involving 869 suspects since July, 624 of whom have been arrested.

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