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Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013
Political turmoil continue in Thailand as the premier on Monday issued a special security law in the capital Bangkok and nearby areas after protesters stormed key ministries in a bid to topple the government.
“While the government will enforce the laws it will not use force against the people,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra assured as she announced the decision to impose the Internal Security Act in the entire capital.”The government would like to request people not to join illegal protests and respect the law,” she added.
The Thai capital has faced weeks of opposition-backed rallies sparked by an amnesty bill that could have allowed the return of Thaksin from self-imposed exile.The amnesty bill — which was rejected by the upper house of parliament — also angered Thaksin’s supporters because it would have pardoned those responsible for the 2010 military crackdown on their rallies.The mass protests against Yingluck and her brother, ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, are the biggest since 2010 when the kingdom was rocked by its worst political bloodshed in decades with more than 90 civilians killed.
The turmoil has raised fears of a fresh bout of street violence in a country that has been convulsed by several episodes of political unrest since royalist generals overthrew Thaksin in a coup in 2006.