Internal Security Act invoked to meet protesters with record of extremism

Pitak Siam

Pitak Siam (Photo credit: AK Rockefeller)

A special cabinet meeting on Wednesday decided to impose the Internal Security Act (ISA) in three districts of Bangkok between Aug 1-10 to cope with rallies planned to coincide with the reopening of parliament, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut said. Paradon said the protesters consists of three groups, the Guy Fawkes movement which is in the 100s, the People’s Army which is the renamed Pitak Siam group of about 5,000 and what Abhisit’s Dems plans to galvanize from its voters base, where if the Dems make a heavy efforts, the total numbers of protesters could be in the 10,000s.The three districts facing ISA are Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pom Prab Satruphai. Lt Gen Paradorn said the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) has been assigned to carry out prevention and suppression operations in case of incidents which may affect national security. Earlier, the Guy Fawkes movement leaders made a statement on their Facebook page,that they would not join the protest, as the Pitak Siam, is said to be planning for violence. In Pitak Siam’s last protest, about 15,000 to 20,000 protesters showed up, and the protesters used trucks to ram police line in an attempt to break the line for access to the Government House, with the final objective of occupying the Government House. The strategy of the Pitak Siam is to create a condition that force the military to stage a coup, to freeze Thailand for a period of internal cleansing, similar to the 2006 coup. The invocation of the ISA is expected to hit economic and business sentiment at some certain extent. (Source)

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