Rally banned at Thai PM's house

13:22, March 17, 2010      

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A member of "red-shirts", supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), shouts slogan at a rally in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, March 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban Wednesday invoked the Internal Security Act (ISA) to ban demonstrations on Street Sukhumvit 31, where the Prime Minister's house is situated, from March 17 to 23, Thai media reported.

According to The Nation online, the order of Suthep assigned the Metropolitan Police Division 5 to enforce the ban against the demonstration, and vehicles are also prohibited from entering the street.

The order was made as the anti-government red-shirted protesters are heading toward Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's house for a blood-pouring tactic.

Some 2,000 red-shirt protesters have been gathering in front of the street since 9:15 a.m., waiting for the group of red-shirts with bottles of blood to arrive. They intend to pressure the government to dissolve the parliament by pouring the blood, donated by protesters Tuesday.

Ten more companies of police and soldiers have been deployed to reinforce six companies of security officials at the house of Abhisit.

The government began to enforce ISA in Bangkok and some neighboring areas since March 11, one day before the red-shirts' mass rally kicked off.

Source:Xinhua
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