Tourists should not visit areas near rally sites: Thai official warns

11:22, March 11, 2010      

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While the Thai government is confident to be able to control the political rally, tourists should not visit areas near the anti-government rally sites, acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayakorn said Wednesday.

Officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will also be sent to take care of tourists as these officials can also explain the actual situation to tourists during the rally, Thai News Agency quoted Panitan as saying.

"The Thai government will be able to control the situation," the acting government spokesman said.

In a related development, Supreme Commander General Songkitti Jaggabatara said he had believed there could not be any violence to occur during the rally.

However, the Prime Minister has instructed the military to closely monitor the anti-government movements, said the Supreme Commander.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the government plans to set up the peace-keeping operations command at the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bangkhen locating in capital Bangkok.

Thailand's weekly cabinet meeting Tuesday decided to impose the Internal Security Act (ISA) during March 11-23 to ensure law and order during the mass rally by the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group.

The rally by the UDD group will start from March 12 when the UDD or red-shirted supporters from the countryside will travel to capital Bangkok.

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

Source: Xinhua
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