Thai gov't mulls extending security law in Bangkok

2013-10-18 07:09:41 GMT2013-10-18 15:09:41(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BANGKOK, Oct. 18 (Xinhua)-- The Thai cabinet is considering to extend the enforcement of Internal Security Act (ISA) in Bangkok in response to prolonged anti-govertment street rallies, local media reported Friday.

The act, which expires on Friday, has been imposed in three districts of the capital city, namely Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pom Prab Satruphai since Oct. 9 to prohibit unconcerned people from entering the areas surrounding the Government House and parliament compound.

National Security Council Secretary-General Paradorn Pattanatabutr said that security officials have agreed that the enforcement of ISA is essential to deter protesters and security measures would remain in place in order to block any attempts to disrupt work of the government.

It was also a precaution as there was a lack of legal provisions to deal with street protests, he said.

Earlier this month, a few hundreds of protesters who have been united as"the People's Army against the Thaksin Regime"since August moved from Lumpini Park, its former foothold, to occupy roads in front of the Government House and Parliament compound.

They claim that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra,who was overthrown by coup d'etat in 2006, is still manipulating the current government.

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