The shutting down of Bangkok by anti-government protesters on January 13 is not expected to escalate to the point where imposing an emergency decree to deal with massive demonstrations will become necessary, National Security chief Paradorn Patanatabut sa
Military and police officials will jointly monitor political developments but a preliminary assessment concluded that the situation would not reach a critical level.
If necessary, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra can instantly declare an emergency decree, he said.
Yingluck is scheduled to chair a security meeting with high-ranking military and police officers later on Friday to map out preparations for the “Bangkok shutdown”, which could possibly paralyse the capital.
Paradorn said anti-government protesters are not armed and the previous clashes between police and demonstrators were infiltrated by a “third party”.
“We have to be more cautious and adjust our security measures to prevent third party intervention. We don’t believe there will be a confrontation between pro- and anti-government groups (on January 13),” he said.
A building at the government complex in Chaeng Wattana Road has been turned into a temporary office for Yingluck who has been unable to work at Government House. The compound has been blocked by protesters since last month.
She showed up for work this morning, to be greeted by senior government officials who lined up to present her with New Year presents and flowers.
She briefly visited police officers from Region 1 Provincial Police Command in Saraburi and Sing Buri who have been deployed at the government complex.