NSC: More violence this week

The protests by the People's Democratic Reform Committee may become more violent in the coming week and the emergency decree may have to be invoked, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut said on Sunday.

Lt Gen Paradorn said he based his opinion on the fact that the PDRC planned to shut down all government offices in the South next week to set a precedent for its supporters in other regions to follow.

Moreover, it was believed the PDRC would step up activities to obstruct the nationwide advance voting scheduled for Jan 26.

Therefore, the authorities are required to step up intelligence operations and take stricter measures to protect the people and prevent untoward incidents.

At the same time, the government would have to intensify its public relations for the people to be aware of possible impacts from the protests, he said.

Concerning the shooting of a PDRC guard at the Lat Phrao intersection late Saturday night, Lt Gen Paradorn said the authorities had conducted an in-depth investigation and could affirm that it was not from the kind of weapon that is usually used by snipers but from an ordinary firearm.

According to government intelligence, the Lat Phrao intersection has become one spot for the most risky violent incidents because it is a densely-populated area where some people might not be satisfied with the PDRC protests, not to mention third parties wanting to create a violent situation and put the blame on the government, the NSC chief said.

Lt Gen Paradorn said the government would try to prevent confrontations between groups supporting the election and those opposed to it. He said groups supporting the election, in particular, had stepped up their activities.

The NSC chief said the government would continue to use the Internal Security Act to handle the situation. But if the situation turned more violent and looked to be getting beyond control, the government might consider invoking the executive decree for the administration of the country in an emergency situation, or the emergency decree, he added.

Lt Gen Paradorn was giving an interview before attending a meeting of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, at the Office of the Defence Permanent Secretary.

Those attending the meeting included caretaker deputy prime ministers Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisarn and Pongthep Thepkanchana and caretaker Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudit Nakornthap.

Itt was reported that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra did not turn up for the meeting, which is held daily to assess the protest situation.

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Discussion 1 : 19/01/2014 at 06:08 PM
Thaksin has his Red army in the capital, so it's goodbye to peaceful protests!
Discussion 2 : 19/01/2014 at 04:31 PM
Yes the numbers will drop off, but nearer towards the election the numbers will rocket, at the time of the election there will be hundreds of thousands closing polling stations and other disruptive tactics to prevent the election succeeding. Good luck PDRC, I am sure your objective of dismantling the election will be a success.
Discussion 3 : 19/01/2014 at 04:11 PM
as long as he can collect money from his " protesters " he will not go home. i just watch on tv a lady who donate 3000 bath, that is living for a farmers family in the north for about 3 weeks ! should give the money to an orphanage, they need it more than mr. suthep, he is already a millionaire.
Discussion 4 : 19/01/2014 at 03:02 PM
Some said government is the mother of corrupt. Could it be said Suthep is the mother of ludicrousness? What he intends to expect next? Caretaker government and its PM were all clearly announced their decision that they won't step down. How is he going to lull his acolytes? One might think he got the aspiration of Egyptian spring that incessant fierce protest had brought down president Mubarak. Then Machiavellian deceit won't work as he expected. Talks lingering at coffee shop and flying on the road his hidden machination to stir up a coup is not on his way. Stop the seal of Bangkok operation and go home.
Discussion 5 : 19/01/2014 at 02:05 PM
The protest is flagging. Numbers are down with many going home. Action is needed to energize the faithful. How to encourage a coup? Stand by for breaking news.
Discussion 6 : 19/01/2014 at 01:13 PM
The Ladprao/Phahon intersection is easily prone to bomb-throwing because there are traffic lanes above the protest site. It's too easy to lob a bomb into the crowd and disappear down the road. As for the people in the area 'not appreciating' the protesters, that's an understatement. In fact, the idea that ALL Bangkok supports Suthep is ludicrous at best.

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