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Enforcement of the Internal Security Act in Three Districts of Bangkok Extended

October 22, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The Cabinet, during its special meeting on 18 October 2013, decided to extend the use of the 2008 Internal Security Act (ISA) in three districts of Bangkok, from 19 to 30 November 2013.

The decision was made after the anti-government Network of Students and People for Thailand Reform vowed to continue their demonstration, which is now at Urupong intersection on Rama VI Road. There are reports that the protesters intend to relocate to Government House area once ISA is lifted.

ISA covers eight subdistricts: Dusit and Chitralada in Dusit district, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Talat Yot, Bowonnivet, Ban Phan Thom, and Bang Khun Phrom in Phra Nakhon district, and Wat Sommanat in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district.

The Government said that the use of ISA is a preventive measure to maintain law and order. Security agencies also believe that the protesters may use key political developments – including Parliament’s consideration of the constitutional amendment and amnesty bill, as well as the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the Temple of Phra Viharn dispute in mid-November 2013 – to fan further unrest.

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