NSC: Emergency decree now needed

The emergency decree is necessary in the current situation as the anti-government protest leader had declared plans to shut down the whole of Bangkok, Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut, secretary general of the National Security Council (NSC), said on Thursday.

Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), has announced that the protesters planned mass rallies to seize and shut down Bangkok on Jan 13, starting at 9am.

Mr Suthep said the shutdown could be extended for up to 20 days. About 20 stages would be set up at intersections in inner Bangkok, but one traffic lane would be opened for ambulances and entrances to hospitals would remain open.

Lt Gen Paradorn said the term of the Internal Security Act imposed in Bangkok and nearby provinces had expired on Dec 31. Therefore, the Executive Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations is needed to ensure peace and order in the capital and its vicinity.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday chaired a meeting of security units to discuss plans to handle any possible violence during the mass protest action.

She asked the military to help police control the situation since the anti-government groups said they will intensify their rallies and activities. The military asked for time to carefully assess the situation at all levels, which is expected to take one or two days.

However, the NSC secretary general said he felt the emergency decree is needed in a situation where normal laws are not adequate to maintain law and order.

He said shutting down the capital would affect the lives of innocent people. If the law were strictly enforced it could prevent  possible violent confrontation between state authorities and the protesters.

The protest leader’s remark that the protesters might capture the prime minister or other key ministers was a violation of their individual rights. These important people also have security teams and police to ensure their safety and the protesters could clash with them if they really try to arrest the ministers, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 03/01/2014 at 08:50 AM
Suthep's planned action on the 13th of January necessitates the reinstatement of emergency decree, the enforcement of which is expected to be swift and decisive. No more verbal-harpooning rhetoric, no more sabotage of government or personal properties. No red, no white, nor yellow. There will be only one peaceful people of Thailand. When that time comes, don't be surprised that the Army steps in, though reluctantly, and certainly not at the invitation of Mr Suthep, but in response to the earnest call of necessity!
Discussion 2 : 02/01/2014 at 05:34 PM
Finally one sane voice of reason!! the General is absolutely right and he must be heard! the CT govt must declare emergency in order to prevent bloodshed and violence and loss to the exchequer in millions, loss to tourism etc etc.
Discussion 3 : 02/01/2014 at 04:35 PM
Arrest the prime minister? It is an abduction, not arresting.
Discussion 4 : 02/01/2014 at 03:11 PM
It's interesting how "appropriate" the tactics used by the government or by opposition elements are seen, depending upon which side of the fence one happens to be sitting on at the moment. "Necessary" tactics quickly turn into "acts of tyranny or terrorism" when the players swop roles and now the other side is using the same tactics.
Discussion 5 : 02/01/2014 at 02:39 PM
what other country in the world would let some 1 close down a whole city , none be it a democratic country or communist country, so what sort of country is Thailand?
Discussion 6 : 02/01/2014 at 02:38 PM
It seems strange that we have a government that is allegedly corrupt calling on forces to stop demonstrators causing monetary losses to the people. Do as I say not as I do sort of philosophy.
Discussion 7 : 02/01/2014 at 01:38 PM
So many power divisions Government, Military, Police, EC, Protesters… in all this uncertainty and chaos and yet can get a traffic ticket for illegal U turn. Amazing Thailand. All the best in 2014.

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