A group of people living near the site of the latest anti-government protests on Tuesday filed complaints with police arguing the rally is interfering with their daily lives, according to the commander of Metropolitan Police Division 1.
Pol Maj Gen Wicharnwach Borirakkul said the complaints were lodged at Phaya Thai police station.
Residents living near the Uruphong intersection told officers that the ongoing protest on part of Rama VI Road meant they could not use their cars to travel to and from their houses.
They also said their sleep was being disrupted because loudspeakers were used at the rally site until 1am in the morning.
Pol Maj Gen Wicharnwach said more residents are expected to file complaints with Phaya Thai police officers on Wednesday. "They are asking police to solve the problem for them quickly." he said.
He added that he would send a letter outlining the complaints to the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand, which is behind the protests.
The group began their rally last Thursday with a few hundred people, but their number grew quickly into thousands on Monday as protesters from allied movements joined the demonstration.
“Police tried to talk the protesters into holding their rally at a nearby sports ground, which would not affect people in the residential area, but they refused,” said the Metropolitan Police commander.
“We will keep on negotiating with them and provide safety to the best of our ability to avoid possible confrontation between the group and affected people."
The Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand began anti-government protests last Thursday with a few hundred people. Their number had grown into thousands on Monday as protesters from allied movements joined the demonstration near the Uruphong intersection. Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill
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