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If  the army won’t act to prevent the anti-government protests, it puts the police in a difficult situation. They don’t want to incite, that has been the tactic all along to prevent an excuse for a coup. But it is not clear what a decree would achieve if the army will still not assist. A coup can certainly not be ruled out, given the army’s failure to give a categorical assurance that it will support law and order.

BANGKOK, 2 January 2014 (NNT) – The National Security Council of Thailand (NSC) has hinted that an emergency decree will be necessary on January 13th, when the planned shutdown of Bangkok by anti-government protesters is to kick off.

According to NSC Secretary-General Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut, the imposition of an emergency decree in Bangkok would be necessary in light of the announcement of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) that they would shut down the entire capital.

He revealed further that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had met with national security agencies to discuss the issue and asked them to be prepared for the upcoming protests. Among the agencies Miss Yingluck had met, the army was the only one that had yet to comply with the government’s request that it get involved, saying it was still assessing the situation.

The Secretary-General however expressed his confidence that the army would do what needed to be done to maintain law and order under the democratic system.

The protesters are planning to paralyze the capital on January 13th, starting at nine in the morning. The shutdown period is expected to last for at least 5 days.


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