Military asked to guard govt offices

The army has been asked to deploy soldiers to guard important government offices during the planned Bangkok shutdown on Jan 13.

The request was made at an urgent meeting at the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday.

The army was asked to send 22 companies of soldiers to stand guard, a source at the meeting said.

Ms Yingluck voiced concern about the planned closure of 20 intersections in Bangkok on Jan 13.

The soldiers will be used to maintain security at the offices as there are not enough police officers.

About 20,000 police officers will be mobilised to oversee traffic that has been affected by the shutdown.

The source said the police and military will work together.

The security preparation for the shutdown came after military leaders objected to any invocation of the emergency decree by the government, saying there are no grounds for its enactment.

The decree would require troops to assist police in handling the shutdown situations. Soldiers standing guard at the offices don't require the invocation of the emergency decree.

At the Isoc meeting yesterday, armed forces leaders said they want the government and the protesters to launch a dialogue to defuse the political crisis.

The leaders said the dialogue would settle contentious issues, such as the design of national reform.

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Discussion 1 : 05/01/2014 at 12:00 AM
Leotro I recall that the police DID NOTHING in 2010 so the army had to be called in. I agree with banmebkk that the govt is now looking to blame the army if anything goes wrong. RS/UDD/PTP just can't get their heads wrapped around it.
Discussion 2 : 04/01/2014 at 06:11 PM
There was ISA in Bkk in 2010 too, look how much the red cohorts cared about it... Praise yourself lucky it are not the same violent thugs demonstrating (for the moment...)! And thank your comrade Leotro for making a link between police and violence... ;-))
Discussion 3 : 04/01/2014 at 05:18 PM
Good consistent coverage of the military involvement in the current political progress. Keep it up.
Discussion 4 : 04/01/2014 at 03:37 PM
The problem is if the police enforce the law, violence will ensue. This is exactly what Suthep wants. Why? Because the army will intervene to restore "law and order" which of course, was created by the army's doing nothing against the protestors. This has happened many times.
Discussion 5 : 04/01/2014 at 01:33 PM
For more than 2 months ISA is in force all over Bangkok and parts of adjoining provinces. I always thought ISA does not allow public congregation and meetings of more than a very small number of people. Thailand lets this happen and an arrest warrant is out for much longer than a month and nothing happens. Ridicolous Thailand - you still think "Thainess" will help but the international world is no longer investing in this country, money flows out by the billions and tourists will shun the country. Real "Thainess".
Discussion 6 : 04/01/2014 at 12:39 PM
In 2010 i recall you, yourself, blamed the police for not taking enough action and were glad the army did. Have you changed your position? In any case you know full well Suthep wants the army to intervene and the consequences will be the usual 7 decades long re-run of army control.
Discussion 7 : 04/01/2014 at 11:29 AM
banmebkk, if you had read the article you would have read, "The soldiers will be used to maintain security at the offices as there are not enough police officers."
Discussion 8 : 04/01/2014 at 10:10 AM
'At the Isoc meeting yesterday, armed forces leaders said they want the government and the protesters to launch a dialogue to defuse the political crisis' This is almost ridiculous in its blatant partiality for the protestors. PTP have bent over backward and proposed dialogue many times. Suthep cannot agree because his main objective is to avoid ever having to stand trial for murder. Any compromise would risk his being forced to stand trial.
Discussion 9 : 04/01/2014 at 09:58 AM
Why can't the police do the job? Want to put the blame on soldiers when things get out of control?
Discussion 10 : 04/01/2014 at 09:49 AM
Power to the people is so not a good idea in Thailand.there is so much disagreement with one another,that forward progress can never be achieved.there must always be strong leadership at the top.

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