||18 September 2009
Thai govt prepares to keep Saturday protest under control
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has said that security personnel handling the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)'s rally on Saturday will do so under the legal framework and adhere to the human rights principles, state news agency TNA reported.
Police began to deploy forces in Dusit district, where most government offices are located, since Thursday night, which will remain until the Internal Security Act (ISA) expires Tuesday.
Thai Cabinet on Tuesday resolved to apply the ISA from Friday (September 18) through Tuesday (September 22) in Bangkok's Dusit district, where most official buildings are located, including Parliament and Government House.
The UDD has announced that it would hold its mass rally at the Royal Plaza, in the district, to mark the third anniversary of the 2006 coup which ousted the then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Dr Panithan Wattanayakorn, deputy secretary-general to the prime minister, as acting government spokesman, said after the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) meeting chaired by Prime minister Abhisit, that it approved setting up a centre to maintain internal security.
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