Boonlert not ruling out rallies

Boonlert not ruling out rallies

Former Pitak Siam leader Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit says the only thing that would prompt him to lead another rally against the government is a severe insult to the monarchy.

"If I have to lead the rally next time, protesters will have to carry arms so that they can protect themselves from being harmed by the government's security officers again," Gen Boonlert told the Bangkok Post .

Gen Boonlert disappointed many anti-government protesters when he abruptly called off the rally held on Saturday after early clashes between police and protesters that resulted in 82 injuries.

Meanwhile, Boworn Yasintorn, president of the Network of Volunteer Citizens to Protect the Monarchy _ a faction of Pitak Siam group _ yesterday lodged a petition with the Office of the National Human Rights Commission to deliberate if the invocation of the Internal Security Act was justified.

Commissioner Nirand Pitakwatchara said Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, representatives of the National Security Council, along with Pitak Siam and the media will be invited to clarify the incidents connected to the rally at the commission next Friday.

Their statements will help find out whether human rights violations took place during the protest, he said.

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