Bangkok — Police allowed anti-government protesters to enter Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau Headquarters Tuesday morning about 10am, according to reports.
Bangkok police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang had announced Tuesday morning that anti-government protesters are welcome to come inside the Metropolitan Police Bureau headquarters and could stay indefinitely.
He said that police would no longer fire tear gas to fend off protesters, and would allow the protesters to reach and seize the bureau.
“There will be no clash today. If the protesters want to seize the Metropolitan Police, let them,” Khamronvit was quoted as saying by the Thai Rath newspaper.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban had vowed the protesters would seize the bureau on Tuesday.
Khamronvit said he had ordered police to open the line and clap when the protesters arrive, and would even help the protesters remove concrete and barbed wire barriers to help them enter.
He said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had given him a cash donation of 2 million baht to distribute to the officers on duty, and had given him an order not to let a single protester get killed, according to reports.
The police chief said he had ordered his subordinates not to use tear gas or resist the protesters, and that he was willing to lose face rather than see a protester killed or injured.
Khamronvit also said police would defend themselves and the people from “a third party” using live ammunition.
Two protesters had been shot with live bullets yesterday, although neither police nor protesters have have been seen to be armed, said reports.