PM vows intensified martial law


BANGKOK, Jan 29 — Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government would strictly enforce martial law measures, ban overseas trips and check the financial transactions of inciters unless they stopped their movement.

He expressed his stance as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) summoned key Pheu Thai Party member Surapong Tovichakchaikul to create better understanding.

The prime minister said he did not know whether security authorities would detail Mr Surapong overnight.

Mr Surapong was summoned because he shared improper opinions and challenged the government and the martial law and the government needed to take legal action to prevent disorder, Gen Prayut said.

The prime minister said former Pheu Thai energy minister Pichai Naripthaphan would also be summoned for mutual understanding for criticizing the energy policies of the government although he had done nothing during his past tenure as the energy minister.

“If their movements continue, they will be prohibited from leaving the country, have their finances examined and be banned from conducting financial transactions. The imposition of martial law has been relaxed [until now] but from now on it will be intensified to cope with national situations,” the prime minister said.

He also said that authorities were monitoring the red-shirt people’s campaign to wear red on Sundays and that present political situations were annoying.