Military checkpoints to stay in place

Soldiers from the three armed forces will continue to man security checkpoints in Bangkok and nearby provinces, despite the emergency decree being lifted and replaced by the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Maj Gen Warah Boonyasit, commander of the army's 1st Infantry Division, said 176 military checkpoints set up in areas previously covered by the special security law would remain unchanged. However, some adjustments may be made to take account of the improving security situation, he said.

Media reports have indicated that the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) is considering cutting the number of checkpoints.

Maj Gen Warah said the military would wait for the centre's decision and is ready to respond as necessary.

CAPO has been reinstated to replace the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) now the emergency decree has been lifted.

Col Banpot Poonpian, spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), said the military would continue to oversee the protest situation.

He said army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha had instructed soldiers to support CAPO and cooperate with police, in his capacity as deputy Isoc director.

A total of 56 military companies are currently working to support police on protest operations  - 47 from the army, seven from the navy and two from the air force.

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