The army has 7,650 soldiers ready to help police during the anti-government protest this weekend, an army source said on Friday.
The directive to the army was issued by Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat, who also set up a situation room at the Defence Ministry on Friday to assess the situation and coordinate with other security agencies.
About 7,000 soldiers were ordered to stay at their posts at the 1st and 2nd Divisions of the King's Guard, Air Defence Artillery Division and the Army Air Defence Command as a backup. Another 650 equipped with batons and riot shields were ready to mobilise at any given notice, the source added.
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