Pattaya Daily News

15 October 2009 :: 13:10:50 pm 31670

Deputy Pm: Asean Summit Disruption Will Not Be Allowed

BANGKOK, Oct 15 (TNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said Thursday that the government would not obstruct the planned mass rallies of the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) in Bangkok it they were held peacefully but that the government will not allow the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit to be disrupted by the protesters.
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The so-called Red Shirts on Wednesday asserted they will stage a major protest in the capital this Saturday, while threatening the government that any use of violence against the group will negatively impact the ASEAN Summit scheduled to open in the following week.

They have also warned that the use of force by the government to disperse the demonstration this Saturday will mean that the government itself is bringing down the ASEAN Summit.

Mr Suthep said the planned rallies could go ahead as far as they are carried under the legal framework.

As for the UDD demanding progress on the petition for a royal pardon of ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the deputy prime minister said they can ask about it but they cannot force the process.

UDD earlier announced that they will gather Saturday to mark the 60th day from their submitting a petition seeking a royal pardon for deposed premier Thaksin and to ask for action on the part of the government as 60 days have passed since the “promise” was given.

Mr Suthep said he was confident that imposing the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin and Petchburi’s Cha-am from Oct 12 to 25 will enable the government to keep the situation under control.

The government will not allow any disruption to the ASEAN summit again, Mr Suthep said.

The UDD stormed the Pattaya ASEAN summit meeting venue last April 11, forcing its cancellation.

Mr Suthep said he will meet with the concerned security agencies to map out the security plan in Dusit district.

The act went into force in the two seaside towns on Monday (October 12) and will be applied through October 27 to maintain law and order in five sub-districts of Phetchaburi’s Cha-am district and four sub-districts of Prachuab Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district where the 15th ASEAN Summit will be held.

The ISA was enforced in Bangkok’s Dusit district from Thursday through October 25 to maintain order during the planned rallies of UDD on this Saturday and on October 24.

The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) on Wednesday approved setting up a temporary centre for maintaining order to evaluate the situation in the Thai capital and at the venues of the regional pact summit.

A centre for maintaining order will be temporarily established, with 18,000 personnel from the police and army to be deployed in Bangkok while another 18,000 are assigned in and around the venues of the ASEAN Summit. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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