(26 December) The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army is deeply concerned by the violent protests near the election registration venue in Dindaeng district of Bangkok, according to his spokesman.
Lt.Col. Winthai Suvaree said Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has expressed his wish to see all sides exercising caution and avoiding violence.
Gen. Prayuth would also like to ask the protesters not to storm the building where the election registration is being held, in order to avoid violence responses from the police.
"[He] is asking the protesters to lessen their activities that pressure the police," Lt.Col. Winthai said, "The army wants every side to find a joint solution in peaceful manner".
Anti-government protesters have been attempting to storm the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Dindaeng in the bid to derail the upcoming general election, scheduled to be held on 2 February 2014.
The protesters, led by the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), want an unelected ?People′s Council? to be installed to oversee "reforms" of Thai politics before any election is held.
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