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27 November 2010 :: 14:11:51 pm 46691

CRES revokes ban on sale of rally materials accused of sparking social disharmony

BANGKOK, Nov 26 - Thailand's Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) on Friday lifted the ban on the sale or free distribution of rally materials aimed at sparking disunity in society, while stating the order may be reimposed if products are found to offend the country's revered monarchy.
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CRES spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd made remarks after the centre’s Friday meeting which was attended by Supreme Commander Gen Songkitti Jakkabatra, three armed forces chiefs, the national police chief, the secretary-general to the National Security Council and the director of the National Intelligence Agency.

He said intelligence agencies have reported at the meeting that the rally of Red Shirt, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), on Nov 19 and the three day demonstration at parliament by the yellow-clad People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have each ended peacefully and no action which offended the monarchy was detected.

“The CRES meeting resolved unanimously to lift the ban on the sale of products which could cause divisiveness.” said Col Sansern. “But the order may be reimposed if such action (offending monarchy) is found. However, it depends on the situation.”

Col Sansern said the CRES also thanked protest leaders for their cooperation with security agencies which made the protests orderly.

Regarding security during the celebrations of His Majesty the King’s birthday, scheduled to be held on Dec 1-9, Col Sansern said the centre has assigned the national police chief to be the main official responsible for maintaining order as well as coordinating with government agencies, which will organise festive events, to gather more details to outline the security plan.

The CRES last Friday issued an order prohibiting the sale or free distribution of politically-oriented materials including shirts, photographs, illustrations and printed texts apparently aimed at sparking disharmony in society.

The order has sparked criticism that the ban may be considered a violation of the people’s right to freedom of speech. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had asked the CRES to review its latest order.

The CRES, however, clarified that the ban did not intend to infringe on people’s right but focuses on issues that could offend the monarchy. (MCOT online news)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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