Bangkok braces for weekend protests

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T New security laws as BKK readies for protests this weekend. Image: Gavin Gough Thailand’s capital is preparing for mass protests, with the government adjuring police with new security laws to aid in controlling the predicted tens of thousands expected to hit Bangkok’s streets this weekend.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that new Internal Security Act will be implemented in three districts throughout central Bangkok from 22 November to 30 November to prevent rising violence, according to The Wall Street Journal.“I stand ready to listen to a diversity of views and offer my explanations,” Ms. Yingluck said. “Being a democracy, is not only about expressing one’s freedoms. “The rule of law must also be observed and obeyed.”Smartraveller has warned Australian’s in Thailand to exercise a high degree of caution and recommend potential visitors do not travel at this time.The motivation behind this weekend’s protests is thought to be a continuation of protests against former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who is the Prime Minister’s older sibling.Shinawatra was removed from power in the military coup 2006.last_img

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