CAPO not to expand ISA area to cover Sam Sen

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BANGKOK, 1 November 2013, – The Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) has confirmed that the currently-imposed Internal Security ACT (ISA) in 3 districts of Bangkok will not be expanded to cover Sam Sen train station. 

Despite the ongoing anti-government demonstration at Sam Sen train station, CAPO spokesperson Police Lieutenant General Piya Utayo said the expansion of ISA area to cover Sam Sen was unnecessary as the ISA was meant to protect the royal palace and other important places only. As long as the demonstrators gathered in peace, the expansion of ISA would’t be needed, he added.

However, the CAPO would constantly assess all the movements, especially the rally at Sam Sen train station, which was led by the Opposition Democrat Party.

Police Lieutenant General Piya expected the number of demonstrators to increase during the weekend but assured the public that there were enough police to maintain law and order in those sites.

The ISA has since last month been imposed in 3 districts of Bangkok: Dusit, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, and Phra Nakhon. The imposed ISA will be in effect until the end of this month.