Bangkok — His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand has urged peaceful talks as protests continue to grow in the Thai capital.
The Crown Prince made his comments to Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Kamronwit Thoopkrachang during an audience on Sunday evening.
According to Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit, the Crown Prince expressed concern over the current political conflict among Thais and urged them to settle their differences through dialogue and negotiation, saying he did not want them to quarrel with one another, the Bangkok Post reported.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra posted a Facebook message pleading for all sides of the political conflict to turn to peaceful talks to break the deadlock.
She said, “As the government, we don’t want to see the conflict escalating into violence or loss of life. No one wants to witness that”.
The premier also wrote, “The nation will not hit a dead-end if all establishments adhere to constitutional monarchy and if everyone turns to each other, is rational and open-minded, rather than using emotion in order to reduce confrontation, and resolves problems through talk and peaceful means”.
The opposition Democrat Party estimated its mass rally at Democracy Monument on Sunday at over 400,000, with organizers hoping the number will swell to one million.
Some 32 schools have been closed Monday and Tuesday in the area for students’ safety.
The red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship began gathering at Rajamangala Sports Stadium in Bangkok to protect the Pheu Thai-led government.
Though both rallying groups have pledged to avoid confrontations with the other side and to use peaceful protests, authorities are concerned about the possibility of third party groups trying to stir up trouble after they discovered large quantities of weapons recently transported into the city, said a Bangkok Post report.