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Thousands of police to be deployed for pope’s visit

By The Nation

 

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Some 6,000 police officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau and Provincial Police Region 7 will be deployed to facilitate movement of traffic and provide security during Pope Francis’s three-day visit to Thailand. The pope arrives on November 20.

 

 

Assistant Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Lt-General Damrongsak Kittiprapat, on Friday urged people to avoid using Rama I, Phya Thai and Banthat Thong roads from 1pm to 8pm on November 21 as some 50,000 people were expected to welcome the pope.

 

“We would like to ask people to use public transport to enter the area, while the Metropolitan Police Bureau will announce alternative routes to avoid the area within next week,” he said.

 

“We have taken measures to provide security such as checkpoints to screen people who will attend the event, in addition to working with the security department to cope with serious incidents,” he said.

 

The Metropolitan Police Bureau will rehearse safety drills and announce the opening of the Security Centre to welcome the pope on Tuesday.

 

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Pope Francis to visit Thailand as pilgrim of peace in November

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30378407

 

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It is well to remember that the Pope is covered by the Lese Majeste law. This surprised me, but all monarchs foreign and domestic are protected.

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12 minutes ago, KhunFred said:

It is well to remember that the Pope is covered by the Lese Majeste law. This surprised me, but all monarchs foreign and domestic are protected.

If so, mods  might as well close the thread.

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15 hours ago, kevinmartyn said:

I went to an all boys RC school from age of 5 to 18! It came to my attention at the age of 9 that many RC parish priests were abusing young children and the "Pope" burried his head in the sand! Bottom line i am now left with zero trust for the pope and the catholic church!

One got his hands on my little nephews. I went looking for the vermin, but discovered that he had died of cancer.

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1 hour ago, Vacuum said:

If so, mods  might as well close the thread.

I doubt that it would be enforced, but the law is clear. I am quite sure it has never been used in the case of a foreign monarch. The fact that the Pope is a religious leader might make the difference.

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1 hour ago, KhunFred said:

I doubt that it would be enforced, but the law is clear. I am quite sure it has never been used in the case of a foreign monarch. The fact that the Pope is a religious leader might make the difference.

Did you forget where you are?

 

I put nothing past the Thais, no matter how absurd and counter productive. That law is used as a weapon. If it could be used against a rival, you can bet the farm it will be used.

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