Govt bans 5-people gatherings

The caretaker government has banned gatherings of five or more people deemed to be trying to incite unrest as part of its measures to "quickly put to an end" to the emergency situation.

The announcement, signed by caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and released on Thursday, also urged the media not to publish any information that could cause misunderstanding and affecting national security.

The order is enforced in all locations under the emergency decree. Full details will be released later, it added.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut on Wednesday demanded the decree be revoked as it was damaging tourism and dampening foreign confidence in Thailand. He said there were no grounds to declare the state of emergency.

He urged the caretaker government to shift its efforts to tackling the rice-pledging scheme as farmers are rallying for money after payments had been delayed.

The photo gallery captures the events surrounding anti-goverment protests, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, in Bangkok on Thursday, Jan 23, 2014. (Bankgok Post photos)

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Discussion 1 : 24/01/2014 at 05:52 AM
The decree is stupid. It means amongst other things that a bus or train can now not carry more than five passengers, and not more than five people can enter a polling booth to vote on 2nd Feb. With more than five polling staff in a polling booth no one can enter a polling booth to vote as they may be deemed to try incite unrest.
Discussion 2 : 24/01/2014 at 02:25 AM
hey Bro.. desperate people try to do desperate things. this sure is an act of desperation
Discussion 3 : 24/01/2014 at 12:05 AM
You try and see what happn
Discussion 4 : 23/01/2014 at 11:21 PM
.....has banned gatherings of five or more people deemed to be trying to incite unrest...... Great, in this case the care taker government will be unable to have any meetings from now on, inciting unrest, division amongst the Thai population, pursue corruption, lying to the people on a daily basis, distorting facts, control the media, wasting tax payers money in the hundreds of billions for corrupted scams and aren't accountable for anything they do or say.
Discussion 5 : 23/01/2014 at 11:10 PM
As far as I know, the caretaker government has no right to declare a state of emergency, without the approval of the election commission, which they certainly do not have. So the declared state of emergency is illegal and the police or military are not allowed to arrest anyone gathering in the streets of Bangkok.
Discussion 6 : 23/01/2014 at 10:46 PM
Yes, it was only just mentioned by the foreign minister this morning on the radio.
Discussion 7 : 23/01/2014 at 10:40 PM
Dubai has no influance anymore.. In nothing..there are so many people on high positions. That nobody listen to him. Come thailand wake is clever enough to go their own way , with the goverment
Discussion 8 : 23/01/2014 at 09:41 PM
"deemed to be trying to incite unrest", who determines this, what guidelines? It sounds a lot like shoot anyone suspected of being a drug trafficker, did the DD have anything to do with this new rule?
Discussion 9 : 23/01/2014 at 09:03 PM
unfortunately things are looking bleaker and bleaker for Thailand with every word that comes out of Yingluck's mouth.
Discussion 10 : 23/01/2014 at 09:00 PM
The decree isn't a valid and backfire-able, PT MP admitted it this morning. Why on earth are they (the gov.) still carry on using it? LOL joker!
Discussion 11 : 23/01/2014 at 08:59 PM
Try and enforce this and there will be millions on the streets against the Shin criminal gangs
Discussion 12 : 23/01/2014 at 08:46 PM
Congratulations Thailand. You have had a virtual coup imposed by way of this State of Emergency. Right of assembly, free-speech, right of free movement all dissolved by the CMPO chief. Democracy? Elections? This will not be welcomed by the international community, especially as it comes one day after diplomats were assured that these powers would not be imposed.
Discussion 13 : 23/01/2014 at 08:44 PM
Come this order from Dubai?
Discussion 14 : 23/01/2014 at 08:25 PM
The UDD already know to rally outside the Emergency Decree areas.
Discussion 15 : 23/01/2014 at 08:15 PM
It sounds as though our favourite dipso has not thought this through. Shooting from the lip again?
Discussion 16 : 23/01/2014 at 08:14 PM
This law applies to the illegal protesters
Discussion 17 : 23/01/2014 at 07:59 PM
It will, because the protestors do not intend to give up their struggle.
Discussion 18 : 23/01/2014 at 07:47 PM
An illegitimate government is trying to impose an emergency decree to its citizens, but it won't work!
Discussion 19 : 23/01/2014 at 07:42 PM
Up until this moment in time I have supported the govenments stance on proceeding with democratic elections the situation in thailand regarding the divisive nature pitting thai against thai the damage the protests are doing to the country is pure madness I would like to offer my humble opinion to try and reach an amicable solution and it is this the prime minister should assure suthep she will step down if he gives her an assurace he will end the protests and then all sides have saved face suthep has achieved his goal and further he then should proceed to a democratic election He must realise the peoples reform committee will not be acceptabl
Discussion 20 : 23/01/2014 at 07:39 PM
Who will enforce this law? The toothless Police or Army that will not confront protester? if Police cannot enforce Internal security Act,then,State of emergency decree imposed is like a paper tiger that cannot bite. This law cannot be enforce without force and it will bring a lot of Casualty in term of death and injuries.I wonder if both government and Suthep had any exit plan before this drama goes too far
Discussion 21 : 23/01/2014 at 07:16 PM
Very good, I hope this does not end with violence.
Discussion 22 : 23/01/2014 at 07:09 PM
Hoe can you have an election with limits like this. Political parties can not contact the people. How can an election booth be set up, there will be more than five people. There for by having an election, you are breaking the law. Sounds like Catch 22,
Discussion 23 : 23/01/2014 at 07:02 PM
This gets more ridiculous by the minute. Yesterday foreign ambassadors were told not to worry as the ban on assemblies etc were not included in the declaration of emergency. Today that is changed. However that ban only applies to Bangkok. The red shirt mass rallies in support of the government elsewhere will be unaffected. I ask again - how can we have an election when essentially election rallies or to campaigning for elections in Bangkok and some surrounding provinces might be caught by the 5 person assembly ban? Many more parties than just PT are competing in this election
Discussion 24 : 23/01/2014 at 06:43 PM
Why are Yingluck and her government constantly shooting their own feet? Does anyone think this ban will be taken serious by anyone? Last time we hadd a state of emergency in 2010 the red mob ignored that rule completely. And what happened? Nothing! And even if anybody of them was accused the Yingluck government made a clear from the beginning that all these action were politically motivated and for that reason totally legal. So who does she think will observe this 5 person rule now? People at a bus stop, guys drinking a beer together or who?

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