Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan said senior political and state officials were invited to the meeting to work on orchestrated preparations for possible violence in light of an anti-government network’s vow to stage a political rally on August 4 to protest the controversial bill.
Yesterday’s meeting, chaired by former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, was attended by senior officials from the National Police Bureau, Interior Ministry, Defence Ministry and the Department of Special Investigation.
Mr Charupong said all related agencies were instructed to work in the same direction in maintaining public order in the capital.
The Internal Security Operation Command will be the major agency in charge of security while the Interior Ministry will support dealing with the demonstration, he said.
“The security process will range from the most lenient to the harshest measures. Law will be enforced if violence erupts,” said the interior minister.
He said he has instructed provincial governors to closely monitor the public’s activities and movement and explain to them the significance of the Amnesty Bill, sponsored by Pheu Thai MP Vorachai Hema.
The bill is tentatively scheduled for parliamentary debate on August 7.
Mr Charupong stood firm that the bill will not be withdrawn from Parliament despite protests by some quarters in society.