Several hundreds of Bangkok policemen are on stand-by to make sure that the Red-Shirt rallies in the capital on Sunday will be under control.

Police Major General Wallop Prathummuang, Commander of Metropolitan Police Division 6, who is in charge of the city’s security affairs during Sunday’s street rallies by the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), said that 4 companies of police, or 600 officers, have been assigned to station along the route of the demonstration.

The UDD has scheduled the rallies that will take over the area around the Democracy Monument in Bangkok until midnight of Sunday.

It has been expected that as many as 50,000 UDD supporters will take part in the rallies.

Pol Maj Gen Wallop said that it is expected that the Ratchadamnoen Avenue will be completely occupied if such a number of demonstrators show up as expected.

However, the Metropolitan Police Bureau may have to close the street for safety reasons if the gathering ends up bigger than estimated.

Based on the UDD’s announced schedule, Pol Maj Gen Wallop expects the Ratchadamnoen Avenue to be cleared for traffic by the morning of Monday, June 25th.

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