Thai gov't prepares measures to deal with political chaos

10:24, February 06, 2010      

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The Thailand's government has prepared measures to deal with political chaos to be created by the anti-government group as the Prime Minister has assured the government will adhere to laws and human rights to maintain law and order.

Shortly after news reports that the anti-government red-shirted people would form a people's army, a meeting of national security agencies was organized Thursday night to assess the situation.

The meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, was attended by military top brass and officials from other national security units, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) under the state-owned Public Relations Department reported.

The meeting was urgently called due to political movements by some groups of people, while the meeting was held in order to prepare an operational plan to deal with such the political movements, Abhisit said.

In a related development, opposition Puea Thai Party Chairman, General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, Thursday denied a speculation that he would be appointed to head the people's army.

The Thai government would remain cautious about the establishment of the people's army by the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) or the red-shirted people, said Abhisit.

However, the Thai prime minister said the so-called army must be prosecuted if it was set up, according to the NNT news report.

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs, Suthep Thaugsuban, admitted there might be a strong political movement of the UDD group.

Hence, Suthep has asked for the Thai people's cooperation to help the concerned security authorities monitor any irregularity, amid the rising intense political situation.

The Thai deputy premier has vowed that the Thai government would closely monitor the country's political development.

Meanwhile, Army Spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd disclosed after the Thursday meeting that key measures, which were discussed at the meeting, were aimed to prevent possible chaos in a bid to let the people live their life normally, Thai News Agency reported.

Every security agency is going to draft its own security measures and will propose them to the National Security Council in the next few days, Col. Sansern said.

A comprehensive security plan will be made and forwarded to the Prime Minister for his approval, the Thai army spokesman said.

Col. Sansern said police will be in charge of the security operation, while military units will be on standby and will join the police operation if requested.

However, if the political situation shows a potential sign of violence to incur, the Internal Security Act might be imposed and the army will provide security for the public and state office buildings, he said.

If violence happens, the Thai government may decide to invoke a State of Emergency, Col. Sansern said.

He said every measure to be implemented is in accordance with the country's involved laws, while security personnel will not use any violence to handle with the crowd.

The public can be assured that no matter the situation will be like, all of the security agencies will perform their duty to their best in order to control the situation, the army spokesman said.

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