BANGKOK, Feb 8 – The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed reapplication of the Internal Security Act (ISA) from Feb 9-23 in seven districts around Government House to provide the legal framework for containing intensifying protests, according to Government Spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn.
The ISA enforcement covers seven districts including Dusit, Phra Nakorn, Wattana, Ratchathewi, Wang Thonglang, Pathumwan and Pom Prap Sattru Phai districts.
The cabinet also agreed to reinstitute the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) to oversee the situation.
Whether action will be taken to disperse the Yellow Shirt protesters to leave the Government House area or not after Tuesday’s Cabinet resolution, Dr Panitan said it depends on the results of the meeting of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC).
The supporters of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD)--the Yellow Shirts--have been encamped at Makkhawan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue, near Government House for several weeks, but had earlier announced their intention to intensify their protest.
PAD leader Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang said on Monday that PAD protesters will move Feb 11 to other sites, but did not say where.
He said the Yellow Shirtd had clearly fixed their targets and would reveal them Friday morning.
The PAD demanded that Thailand withdraw from UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, revoke the 2000 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Cambodia and push Cambodians now living in border areas which they claim belong to Thailand back to their homeland.
The prime minister ignored their requests, however, saying the revocation of the 2000 agreement will not make Thailand lose territory to the neighbouring country. (MCOT online news)