DPM: State offices still open despite ongoing protest


BANGKOK, 30 Nov 2013 The Deputy Prime Minister in charge of national security has asserted that all state offices are still open as usual to serve the people despite the ongoing protest and seizures of government buildings.

During the “PM Yingluck Meets the People” program on NBT, Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok said even though the Government Complex and the Ministry of Finance have been occupied by the anti-government demonstrators, government’s services to the people will be carried on as usual. The DPM admitted that the increasing tension of the current protest could sabotage the country’s image and have a negative effect on the tourism industry.

Meanwhile, National Police Chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew said it was necessary that the Internal Security Act (ISA) be extended in order to enable police to maintain law and order as well as preventing all possible violence or interference from a third party.

The ISA has been imposed throughout Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan and Lat Lum Kaeo district of Pathum Thani until the end of this year.