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05 February 2010 :: 09:02:15 am 12369

Security Tightened Over Renewed Thaksin Threat

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Thursday met with national security-concerned agencies to lay out preventive measures against possible violence during the planned rallies of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).
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Bangkok, the 5th of February 2010 [TNA]: Mr Suthep, who oversees national security, chaired the meeting attended by Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda and Pol Gen Pretheep Tanprasert, acting national police chief to evaluate the situation and thrash out security measures for the public during the protests.

Amid continued protests by Red Shirt protesters before the court ruling on the case of Bt76 billion (US$2.3 billion) in frozen assets of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra scheduled for February 26, the move came in the wake of threatened assassinations of key figures involved with the Thaksin decision, with the unsettled atmosphere being further unsettled by bags of human waste and fermented fish being thrown into Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s residential compound in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area Monday.

Army spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd said after the meeting that the key measures discussed focussing on preventing possible chaos and allowing people to live their life normally.

“Every concerned agency will draft their own security measures and then propose them to the National Security Council in the next two or three days,” Col Sansern said. “The comprehensive security plan will later be forwarded for the premier’s approval.”

The army spokesman said police will be in charge of the security operation, but army units will be on standby to join the police operation if requested.

If it’s likely that there will be violence, the Internal Security Act (ISA) may be imposed and the army will go on active duty to provide security for the public and state office buildings, Col Sansern said.

But if violence happens in the meantime, said Col Sansern, the government may invoke a State of Emergency.

The spokesman made it clear that circumstances will be taken into consideration before applying any particular measure. He stated that every measure to be implemented is in accordance with the law and security personnel will not use violence in handling with the crowd.

“The public can be assured that no matter the situation is,” the army officer said, “all security-related agencies will perform their duty to their best and will be able to bring the situation under control.” (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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