(15 January) Anti-government protesters have staged rally in front of Department of National Park on today amid rumours that security officers were mobilising there.
The protesters set off from a rally site organised by the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) at Ladprao Intersection this morning and marched along Phaholyothin Road to the Department, which also housed the Department of Forestry.
Mr. Suchart Srisang and Mr. Somsong Ek-nok, leaders of the protesters, said they had received reports that "thousands" members of the security forces were gathering at the state agency for a crackdown operation against the protesters.
PCAD leaders explained that the protesters want to prove the reports by their own eyes.
At the Department compound, the protesters rallied outside the gate and invited civil servants to join the campaign against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Some officials were welcoming the PCAD protesters at the main gate.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Wichet Kasemthongsi, later told reporters that the rumour about massive presence of the security forces is not true.
He said only 200 officials visited the Department to attend an event for the Forestry Resources Reservation Day on 14 January, and have left Bangkok since yesterday.
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