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Thailand mulls imposing security law ahead of planned red-shirt rally

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A meeting of the government-appointed security monitoring committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Monday concluded to recommend to the Thai cabinet to implement the Internal Security Act (ISA) for Bangkok between March 11 through to March 23, the reported on its website.

The recommendation follows an announcement by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva that he had cancelled a five day trip to Australia scheduled to take place between March March 13 and 17.

Sean Boonpracong, international media spokesman for the UDD, said the implementation of the ISA will be a gross over reaction by the government and totally unwarranted.

“Thai people should be free to travel within their own country and while most Thais will see the implementation of the ISA as a violation of their basic human rights, they are not scared of it and will continue to travel to Bangkok for the rally.

“There has been a large number of redshirt rallies over the past 10 months and all of them have been violence free. The government is constantly dragging out the ISA in an attempt to paint a negative picture of the redshirt movement and on each occasion it has been implemented in the last 10 months there has not been a single incident to justify its implementation”, he added.

Generally speaking, Thailand’s ISA gives the Director of ISOC almost limitless powers in respect to Freedom of movement, assembly, arbitrary detention, the right to fair trial procedures, and the right to privacy.


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