CAPO is back

22 01 2011

The Bangkok Post reports that “Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban is looking to set up the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order to handle upcoming street rallies.” CAPO was first set up back in 2009 and still kind of maintains a web site. For details on earlier CAPO incarnations see PPT’s post last April. The Internal Security Act is the legal basis of CAPO.

National, royalist, yellow

Suthep “has ordered the Situation Monitoring Centre (SMC) to draft an order to establish the CAPO in preparation for rallies by the red shirts and yellow shirts, said an army source yesterday.” This refers to the twin red and yellow rallies that are likely to be close to each other in the Government House-Rajadamnoen area.

Red shirts demand Prem's removal in 2009

A source said Suthep, armed forces leaders and security agency bosses “were concerned that violence could be triggered by a third party.” Again, this is a kind of deja vu reference that was last heard loudly back in March and early April.

The security forces have been ordered to take “measures at important state agency offices and residences of important figures will be beefed up to prevent protesters from trespassing.” We guess that “important figures” includes ministers, de facto deputy prime minister Newin Chidchob, the various royals, and the politicized privy councilors, and especially Prem Tinsulanonda.



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