Internal Security invoked for three Bangkok districts

national July 31, 2013 00:00

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The Cabinet on Wednesday invoked the Internal Security Act (ISA) in three Bangkok districts ahead of a House debate on an amnesty bill during which an antigovernment group is planning a large rally.

At their meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Nivatthamrong Boonsongpaisal, a third of the Cabinet members resolved to enforce the ISA in the districts of Dusit, Phra Nakhon, and Pom Prab Sattru Phai – where key political institutions such as Government House and Parliament are located.
The ISA will be in effect from tomorrow to August 10.
The national police chief will act as head of a peacekeeping centre to be set up that will be located at the Royal Thai Police headquarters, according to National Security Council secretary general Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut, who called today’s meeting to announce the invocation of the ISA.
The police will monitor the situation round the clock to prevent any clashes between supporters and detractors of the bill, he said.
The ISA was invoked following increased concerns about possible violence between both sides and likely involvement of a third party, according to the NSC chief.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is currently on an overseas trip, was aware of the resolution by the “mini-Cabinet”, Paradorn said.

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