ISA imposed

24 11 2009

In the least surprising of announcements from the Democrat Party-led government, Cabinet has decided to enforce the Internal Security Act over the whole of Bangkok from 28 November to 14 December (Bangkok Post, 24 November 2009: “ISA to be enforced throughout Bangkok”).

The government’s tame Federation of Thai Industries again supported the imposition of the ISA.

The government says it fears a repeat of the April Songkhran Uprising. It also states that it believes that Thaksin Shinawatra supporters are mounting a go-for-broke campaign because of the assets case against the former premier. They might also add that it is now the anniversary of the PAD airport occupation and the hastily decided court case against government parties that gave the Democrat Party its current position as the protectors of the monarchy.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva fully supported the imposition of the “ISA across the capital [as] necessary to ensure law and order…”. Abhisit joined his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban in claiming that he saw as credible “reports that people, including foreign workers, have been gathered from different regions to join the demonstration…”.

As PPT pointed out yesterday, such claims are reprehensible for several reasons.

 


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25 11 2009
New: Using the ISA to protect “Democrats”? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the party is behaving in government, it almost seems we should do this. Take the recent case of the long imposition of the Internal Security Act in all of Bangkok for the period 28 November to 14 […]




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