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15 October 2009 :: 20:10:53 pm 7599

33 Army Battalions Deployed To Help Police Cope With Anti-Government Rally

BANGKOK, Sept 16 (TNA) – Thailand’s armed forces will deploy 33 battalions of troops to help police maintain order during Saturday’s planned protest of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to mark the third anniversary of the 2006 coup which ousted the then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
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Royal Thai Armed Forces spokesman Lt-Gen Wissanu Sriyaphan said the military would assist police personnel monitoring the demonstration to thwart any possible disturbances by third parties in the capital’s Dusit district from September 18-22 under the terms of the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Army chief Anupong Paochinda said the army stands ready to back up police operations for the sake of national interest and to prevent violence if requested during the Red Shirt’s rally.

The army chief also said the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) will meet Thursday to discuss enforcement of the security law and legal procedures following the Cabinet resolution.

ISOC spokesman Maj-Gen Dittaporn Sasasamit said Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as director of Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) will discuss plans to handle the rally and assign tasks to relevant officials.

He said officers will carry out their duties as planned and they will monitor the mobilisation of protesters coming from upcountry, while ISOC’s preparations could be adjusted according to the situation.

Gen. Dittaporn gave assurances that the government would not hinder the protest but emphasised that the rally must comply with the law. Security around key official buildings will be tightened and traffic routes around Government House will be closed for fear of possible disturbance by ill-intentioned people.

“As hundreds of thousands of people are expected join the rally, we’re concerned that there could be those with ill intention who will disrupt public order. So, we will focus on checking weapons of arriving protesters, Gen. Dittaporn said.

The Cabinet on Tuesday imposed the Internal Security Act in Bangkok’s Dusit district, where most official buildings are situated, including Parliament and Government House.

The UDD rally is expected to be the largest following its demonstrations at Government House in April, which turned into riots leaving two dead and over 120 injured. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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