The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted that government responses to protesters complied with laws and international standards.
Riot police are on standby outside the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) head office on Ratchayothin Road as anti-government demonstrators are set to start their rally at 3 pm. on Wednesday.
Ongoing anti-government demonstrations have not affected investment in the country because the government is coping well with them, said Deputy Prime Minister/Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow.
The Erawan Emergency Centre of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) reported that 55 people were injured in the clashes at Kiakkai yesterday.
The use of water canon against anti-government protesters on Sunday after several warnings is in accordance with law as the police tried to forbid them from entering within a 150-metre radius of the royal premises, said a senior police officer.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would not resign while the country was in a crisis and he agreed with a proposal to form a working group to discuss solutions with demonstrators.
The government’s centre for jointly resolving serious emergency situations has adjusted a plan to handle demonstrations as they are concerned over a possible confrontation of rival protest groups.
Political rallies are affecting investors’ confidence, warned the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) while urging the parliament to take action.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government supported the opening of a special parliamentary session to discuss political solutions and promised that it would not expand areas under the state of emergency or impose a curfew.
The Oct 18 rallies in Bangkok and many provinces were peaceful and orderly while an investigation into a scuffle at the Bang Na intersection is under way, said the government’s centre for jointly resolving serious emergency situations.
The government had to end the Oct 16 rally to control situations and the action did not infringe on people’s rights, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said.
Leaders of anti-government demonstrations were released and vowed to return to their rally.