Thailand’s Internal Security Act slated for Nov 24 political rally

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BANGKOK, Nov 16 – As a political rally by the anti-Thai government Pitak Siam movement draws closer, police in the capital have moved to enforce the Internal Security Act to nip it in the bud.

The mass rally will be held on Nov 24 as planned but police want to activate the act to take full control of the situation. Approval will be sought from the cabinet next week.

National police chief Adul Saengsingkaew said the act will be implemented in specific areas prior to the demonstration. There was no decision on the duration of the enforcement.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung said police have been instructed to be lenient in dealing with the demonstrators.

Pol Gen Adul said police will work closely with various ministries: interior, justice, transport, public health and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO).