08 Feb '11, 9am

Thailand invokes special laws for political rallies

Thailand invokes special laws for political rallies

BANGKOK - Thailand said Tuesday it would invoke special security laws in Bangkok to cope with political rallies in the capital, the scene of violent anti-government protests last year. The Cabinet approved the use of the Internal Security Act in seven districts of Bangkok from February 9 to 23 "to effectively oversee security," government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn told reporters. "Several important places are located in the area and there may be incitement of unrest or rebellion so government wanted to keep them under control," he said. The laws -- less strict than emergency rule, which was imposed for more than eight months last year -- will authorise security personnel to stop people gathering in certain areas, officials said. "The enforcement of the law is to prevent incidents that jeopardise national security," Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who is in c...

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