Thai gov't to assess Internal Security Act ahead of mass rally

21:23, March 05, 2010      

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The Thai government will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss if it is necessary to impose the Internal Security Act (ISA) ahead of a mass anti-government rally on March 12-14, local media said here Friday.

If the meeting, held by the panel for monitoring national security, discovers that the anti-government rally tends to turn violent, it might be necessary to impose the ISA law, Thai News Agency quoted the Army Chief of Staff as saying. Thailand's Army Chief of Staff General Pirun Paewpolsong disclosed Friday.

Meanwhile, participants of a meeting of the committee for monitoring national security Thursday expressed their concerns over a plan by the protestors to use their vehicles to block traffic areas in Bangkok, said General Pirun.

The vehicles of the protestors reportedly will include the pick- up trucks and those for using in the agriculture farm.

Hence, provincial governors nationwide have been instructed to convince the protestors not to take these vehicles to travel to Bangkok, the Army Chief of Staff said.

The rally by the anti-government United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group will start from March 12 when the UDD or red-shirted supporters from the countryside will travel to capital Bangkok.

On the morning on March 14 the UDD protestors will stage their mass rally at Sanam Luang, the open field and public square in the center of Bangkok.

It is also reportedly said that a scattered rally is planned at ten separated places in capital Bangkok by the UDD protestors during the mass rally.

Their political demand includes resignation of the coalition government or the House dissolution paving the way for a new general election.

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