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Government Extends the Enforcement of the Internal Security Act

November 27, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has stated the Government’s decision to extend the enforcement of the 2008 Internal Security Act (ISA), after the anti-government protesters stepped up their protests.
The statement was broadcast on television on the night of 25 November 2013. ISA now covers entire Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district, and Pathum Thani’s Lat Lum Kaeo district until 31 December 2013.

Earlier ISA covered eight subdistricts in three districts of Bangkok: Dusit, Phra Nakhon, and Pom Prap Sattru Phai until 30 November 2013.

Appearing on the television, Prime Minister Yingluck explained to the public the reasons behind the Government’s decision to extend the use of ISA. She said that the Government respects the freedom of expression by the people. At the same time, it will not ignore the enforcement of law in order to maintain peace and order and ensure national security.

She said that the Government needed to extend the enforcement of ISA, as anti-government protesters have blockaded government offices, such as the Ministry of Finance, the Bureau of the Budget, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Public Relations Department. The move has caused troubles to the people and threatened national stability.

The Prime Minister stressed that the Government would not use violence and would take every step based on international practices and within the bounds of the law. She called on government officials to perform their duties in accordance with guidelines set by the Government.

She also reaffirmed that the Government is willing to listen to the views of all sides.

The Internal Security Operations Command is responsible for preventing and controlling the situation that undermines national security, according to the Government’s announcement.

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