Govt ready to revoke Internal Security Act


BANGKOK, Nov 25 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has security agencies considering lifting the Internal Security Act (ISA), saying the government is ready to revoke it if the situation has returned to normal.

The ISA has been imposed from Nov 22-30 to cope with the rally of the anti-government Pitak Siam group which ended Saturday.

The law has been enforced in three capital districts — Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pom Prap Sattru Phai.

Meanwhile, Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, the National Police chief said he would propose to the prime minister Sunday to revoke the ISA.

Royal Thai Police spokesman Pol Maj Gen Piya Uthayo said 138 protesters were detained yesterday following the clash between the protesters and the police.

One was charged with insulting officials and three others were charged with carrying knifes and one used a combination radio without permission.

Out of the total number, 133 have been charged with breaching the ISA. After questioning, 137 people were released, the police spokesman said.

Regarding the injured in the Saturday’s skirmish, Dr Narong Sahamethapat, Permanent Secretary for Public Health said that the total number of the injured was 82, comprising 58 civilians, 23 police officers and one soldier.

The prime minister ordered the public health ministry to take care of the injured, as 66 people remain hospitalised.