The Metropolitan Police Bureau failed for a second time yesterday to persuade leaders of an anti-government rally to vacate Uruphong intersection following complaints by residents.
A protester applies her makeup while listening to a rally speech at Uruphong intersection. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
MPB deputy commander Adul Narongsak yesterday held talks with Uthai Yodmanee, leader of the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand, and Nitithorn Lamlua to ask them to move the protest.
The negotiations, which lasted about 30 minutes, failed as the protest leaders stood firm that the demonstrators would not move away from Uruphong intersection.
Police asked the protesters to relocate after receiving complaints from Talad Prachaejin community residents about the gathering.
The local people said access to their homes was being blocked by tents set up by protesters on outbound lanes of Rama VI Road, and this was snarling traffic in the area. Shops were also losing customers.
Bad smells and dirty water were coming from the mobile toilet truck provided for the protesters.
The loudspeakers used by the demonstrators also disturbed the peace and quiet in the neighbourhood, Pol Maj Gen Adul said.
Police said the residents wanted the protesters to move to another venue. Protest leaders, however, insisted that many people living near the rally site were not opposed to the rally as they wanted to listen to the speeches.
Pol Maj Gen Adul said police had first asked the protest bosses to move on Oct 11.
However, police would continue negotiating and seek their cooperation, he said.
Meanwhile, the Criminal Court yesterday rejected a request by prosecutors asking it to revoke bail for three protest leaders of the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot) group.
The public prosecutor had asked the court to revoke bail for Pichet Pattanachote, Somboon Thongburan and Thaikorn Polsuwan, who face charges in connection with the People's Alliance for Democracy seizure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in 2008.
The three were accused of violating bail conditions when they launched the Pefot anti-Thaksin Shinawatra rally in Lumpini Park on Aug 4-5.
The court ruled the rally had not caused unrest or incited incidents that threatened national security.
It said the Pefot rally was held in a peaceful manner and people had the right under the constitution to take part. The court ruled the three had not breached their bail conditions.
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