NSC: Security for Jan 13 rally ready

Security measures have been put in place to prevent and handle any incidents on Jan 13 when anti-government protesters attempt to shut down Bangkok, National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanatabut said on Sunday.

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Lt Gen Paradon was speaking after a meeting of representatives of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) and senior police officers to discuss security measures for the planned city siege next Monday by the People's Democratic Reform Committee. 

He said only details regarding joint operations and areas of responsibility had yet to be finalised as part of the contingency plans to deal with the protesters.

Asked if imposing the emergency decree was part of the government’s plan to handle the Jan 13 rally after military leaders had objected to it, Lt Gen Paradon said the situation had not reached a level of public disorder or violence for the enforcement of the decree.

However, he believed the leaders of the armed forces would agree with the move if there were reasonable grounds for its enactment, adding that the issue has been consistently discussed among security agencies including the top brass. 

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