04/21/2014 (press release: JaturontThan) // Kittima Chanwattanasil
Major General Apirat Kongsompong, the newly appointed commander of the 1st Division King’s Guard, is directly in charge of the soldiers who are assigned to ensure peace and order in Bangkok, especially at the rally sites of the protesters.
He said yesterday he is waiting for the troop deployment guidelines from the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo).
The first task of Major General Apirat is the security planning for the red shirts to gather this weekend in a suburban area of Bangkok.
Major General Wara Boonyasit, the former commander of the 1st Division King’s Guard, said to troop everyone that must all work together and support the newly commander of the 1st Division. Major General Wara also assured that Major General Apirat will lead the Royal Thai Army to accomplish.
Major General Apirat said he is not worried about his transfer taking place amid a political crisis because he had been entrusted superiors to duty. He and his troops in the 1st Division King’s Guard are ready to continue the policies of Major General Wara, who are intimate for more than 20 years ago.
“On the part of preparing the security of a large assembly of both the PDRC and UDD protesters on 5 April, we may be adjusted as 58 companies of troops to comply with the assembly. And the army will collaborate with the police officers,” Major General Apirat said.
Apirat also said the safety of personnel is important. The military cannot carry weapons during performing the duties. He doesn’t want to be seen the military bring weapons to hurt people. So, he assured the public that the Royal Thai Army loves all types of people.
By Kittima Chanwattanasil
April 19, 2014