Democrat Party government bias

9 10 2009

No surprises. The Democrat Party-led government yet again demonstrated its double standards by agreeing to the use of the Internal Security Act again for the ASEAN summit in Hua Hin. Aimed at the red shirts, the bias is clear in the recent rally by yellow shirts with not a peep from the government about the ISA.

The Bangkok Post reports (9 October 2009: “Isoc approves security plan for Asean summit”) that the Internal Security Operations Command approved a security plan for the ASEAN summit in Cha-am and Hua Hin this month. ISOC is chaired by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

His committee agreed to a task force of 18,298 military, police and civic officials to be deployed “to ensure full control of the situation.”

According to the prime ministers acting spokesman, the hired academic Panitan Wattanayagorn, “The prime minister has directed security units to prevent any violence occurring during the regional meeting in order to boost confidence in Thailand within the international community…”.

International leaders and friends of Thailand should be asking why Abhisit feels the need for such actions and the use of thousands of security forces under the command of Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon for 16 days when the summit is in place for 3 days.

ISOC declared the red shirts were their target in using the ISA.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban clearly indicated the political nature of the ISA when he stated that the “government was prepared to invoke the ISA in the capital whenever there is a red-shirt gathering.”He added: “I am considering enforcing the security law in Bangkok from the middle of this month until the Asean summit is over.”

Update: Of course, as one of our readers reminds us, the last time there was an ASEAN summit that was disrupted – at the beginning of the Songkhran Uprising – it was in Pattaya in April, and the disruption began with provocation by the blue shirts led by Newin Chidchob and Deputy PM Suthep.



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