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From CRES to CAPO?
- Published: 15 Dec 2010 at 11.04
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Revoking the emergency may not change the situation much if it is replaced with the Internal Security Act
A soldier stands guard on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue near the statue of KingRama V as part of security measures under emergency rule which remains in place in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces. The cabinet will consider lifting the decree next week. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Out with CRES and in with CAPO
It now looks likely that the state of emergency in place in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan will be revoked before the end of this month.
A source within the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) says Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva wants to restore the country's image as a democratic country both here in Thailand and internationally.
"In fact, the CRES wants Bangkok to be the last province in which the decree is revoked as the capital is a potential target of violence, but the prime minister disagreed," the source said.
The CRES will be automatically dissolved by the revocation of the decree which was imposed on April 7 this year after red shirts led by Arisman Pongruengrong stormed parliament.
The situation might not be all that different, however.
Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, as the CRES director, and army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, deputy director of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), are likely to propose that if the emergency decree is lifted before the New Year then it be replaced by the Internal Security Act (ISA).
If that is the case, CRES would be replaced by a similar agency, the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO). Officers operating under the security law would keep the legal immunity they had under the emergency decree.
The ISA also empowers security officers to detain suspects for seven days without charge. That is less than the 30 days allowed under the emergency decree, but it still puts a lot of power in their hands.
Meanwhile, Mr Abhisit said yesterday the emergency decree would remain in place for at least a week, awaiting the army's proposal on a new security plan.
Adapted from a story by Wassana Nanuam in today’s Bangkok Post.
measure – a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop an a dangerous unpleasant situation มาตราการ
surrounding – all around a place บริเวณรอบๆ
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
lift – to end a warning, a restriction, etc. ยกเลิก
replace – to get rid of someone or something, and to put a new person or thing in its place เลิกให้และนำสิ่งใหม่มาใช้แทน
likely – probable or expected น่าจะเป็นไปได้
state of emergency – emergency decree; a dangerous situation in which the government takes on special powers and the rights of the people are often limited in some way ภาวะฉุกเฉิน
revoke (noun: revocation) – to officially say that something is no longer legal เพิกถอน
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
resolution – solving a problem, or to finding a satisfactory way of dealing with it การแก้ไขปัญหา
restore – to bring back to good condition ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
image – an opinion that people have about someone or something ภาพลักษณ์
potential – possible ความเป็นไปได้
target –a person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack เป้าหมาย
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
dissolve – (of a group) to officially end ยุบ
impose – to introduce something, such as a new law or new system and force people to accept it นำกฎหมายมาบังคับใช้
storm – to use force to enter a place and take control of it บุกกระหน่ำ
propose – to suggest an idea for a group to consider เสนอ
Internal Security Act – a special law which allows the country's top security agency, the Internal Security Operations Command, to impose curfews, operate checkpoints and restrict the movement of demonstrators Under the act, the military has the authority to search protesters for weapons and use force in case of any violence. พรบ.ความมั่นคง
operate – to carry out a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers ปฏิบัติการ
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
legal immunity – a situation where someone cannot (immediately) be taken to court and punished for breaking the law ได้รับความคุ้มครอง
empower – to give someone the legal power to do something ทำให้มีอำนาจ
detain – to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
remain in place – to continue to be used