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Tomorrow's Pitak Siam rally poses a threat to national security, which justifies the invocation of the Internal Security Act (ISA), Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday. 

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Crowd control police officers rest in hammocks in the compound of Government House. They have been assigned to deal with tomorrow’s Pitak Siam rally. CHANAT KATANYU

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Government invokes security law

Pitak Siam rally national security threat, PM says

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Tomorrow's Pitak Siam rally poses a threat to national security, which justifies the invocation of the Internal Security Act (ISA), Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday.

Appearing on the TV pool in the evening, Ms Yingluck said intelligence reports indicated that the rally was aiming at toppling the democratically elected government in violation of the constitution.

She said the reports indicated that the protesters would use violence, storm government buildings and instigate public disturbances to achieve their objective.

The prime minister said the government is duty-bound to maintain law and order and to protect the lives and properties of its citizens.

Ms Yingluck said that normal security mechanisms were inadequate to deal with such a threat. The cabinet has therefore decided to invoke the ISA in Phra Nakhon, Pomprap Sattruphai and Dusit districts of Bangkok, effective from yesterday until Nov 30.

At this time tomorrow, these police officers are likely to be somewhat busier. CHANAT KATANYU

The ISA gives the government greater powers to arrest protesters, block routes, impose curfews, ban public gatherings and carry out searches of buildings.

The decision to invoke the ISA was made at a special cabinet meeting of ministers assigned to handle tomorrow's anti-government demonstration by the Pitak Siam group, led by Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit. The cabinet meeting followed a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) which proposed the invocation of the ISA.

NSC secretary-general Lt Gen Paradon Pattanathaboot said security assessments suggested the rally is likely to turn violent, so proposing the invocation of the ISA was a preventive measure.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung yesterday chaired a meeting of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) to set up the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order, which will monitor and coordinate security responses to the rally.

National police chief Adul Saengsingkaew has been appointed to lead the centre, with members from 24 security agencies from the police force, military and government also present.

Pol Gen Adul said he will today explain the details of security operations during the rally. He said the invocation of the ISA is intended to ensure the safety of the rally's participants and to protect government buildings.

Pol Gen Adul said there had been reports that protesters might attempt to take the prime minister hostage and seize government offices.

Some of the 50,000 security officers called in from across the country to maintain order in Bangkok during the rally arrived yesterday in the capital and began camping out in the car park of Dusit Zoo, which is immediately opposite parliament house.

Despite saying he was confident everything would remain under control, House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont said maximum security measures have been put in place at parliament.

More than 1,700 crowd control police from eight lower northeastern provinces were sent from the Region 3 Provincial Police training centre in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday morning.

The officers were being transported to the capital in a convoy of vans, and were accompanied by 180 vehicles which can be used to detain suspects.

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hammock – a type of bed made from a net or from a piece of strong material, with ropes at each end that are used to hang it between two trees, posts, etc. เปล
compound – an area in which a group of buildings stands บริเวณ
assign – to give someone a job to do มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
deal with – to take action to solve a problem รับมือกับ, จัดการกับ
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
invoke – to use a rule or law as a reason or basis for doing something ประกาศใช้ (กฎหมาย), อ้าง (กฎหมาย)
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
national security – the protection or the safety of a country’s secrets and its citizens การรักษาความมั่นคงแห่ง่ชาติ
pose a threat – to be a possible danger กระทำการซึ่งอาจก่อให้เกิดอันตรายต่อ
justify – to show that there is good reason for something แสดงเหตุผลที่ดีพอ
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
TV pool – a group of television channels working together to broadcast an important event
intelligence – information collected about the secret plans of an enemy, criminal organisations, competitors, etc. ข่าวกรอง  ข้อมูลลับ
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ให้สัญญาณ
aim – to have as your purpose or goal   มีเป้าหมาย  มีจุดมุ่งหมาย     
topple – to force out of power; to cause to fall (also oust, unseat or overthrow)  โค่นอำนาจ
violation – the breaking of a rule or a law การฝ่าฝืน
constitution – the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by รัฐธรรมนูญ
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
storm – to use force to try to enter a place บุก, เดินฝ่าเข้าไป
instigate – to cause something bad to happen ก่อให้เกิด, กระตุ้น
disturbance – an occasion during which people behave in a noisy or violent way in a public place ก่อความไม่สงบ หรือรบกวนประชาชน
objective – what you plan to achieve; goal; aim; purpose เป้าหมาย
duty-bound – required by your job or assignment ขอบข่ายหน้าที่หรืองานที่ได้รับมอบหมาย
maintain – to insist; to keep stating that something is true, even though other people do not agree or do not believe it ยืนยัน,  ยืนกราน
law and order – a situation where there is respect for the law and everything is organised and well arranged การรักษากฎหมายและความสงบเรียบร้อย
property – things, especially valuable things, that are owned by someone ทรัพย์สมบัติ, ทรัพย์สิน
citizen – someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country พลเมือง
normal – typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect ภาวะปกติ
mechanism – a method or a system for achieving something กลไก, วิธีการทำงาน, วิธีการ
inadequate – not enough, or not good enough for a particular purpose อย่างไม่เพียงพอ
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
effective – officially begun to be used
arrest – (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
protester – someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc  ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
block – to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
impose – to introduce something, such as a new law or new system and force people to accept it  นำกฎหมายมาบังคับใช้
curfew – a law that does not allow people to go outside between a particular time in the evening and a particular time in the morning  เคอร์ฟิว, ห้ามออกนอกบ้านในยามวิกาล
ban – to say officially that people must not do, sell or use something การประกาศห้าม
gathering – an occasion when many people come together as a group การรวมตัว, การประชุม
search – looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something การค้นหา
handle – to be able deal with a situation ควบคุมได้, จัดการได้
demonstration – an occasion when a group of people gather together to support or protest about something การชุมนุม
propose – to suggest an idea for a group to consider เสนอ
assessment – a judgment or opinion การประเมิน
preventive measure – an action which is intended to try to stop something that causes problems or difficulties from happening มาตรการป้องกัน
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) – a unit of the Thai military devoted to national security issues กองอำนวยการรักษาความมั่นคงภายใน (กอ.รมน.)
monitor – to regularly check something or watch someone in order to find out what is happening  ตรวจสอบ ตรวจตรา
coordinate – to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively ประสานงานกัน
appoint – to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility แต่งตั้ง,ตั้งให้เป็น
details – small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation รายละเอียด
intend – to plan to do; to want to happen ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น, วางแผนไว้
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done  ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
participate – to take part in something เข้าร่วม
hostage – a person who is the prisoner of someone who threatens to kill them if they do not get what they want ตัวประกัน
seize – to take control of a place or situation เข้ายึดพื้นที่
maintain – to keep รักษา
immediately – next to or very close to a particular place or time ชิด
opposite – across from or facing someone or something ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
confident – certain; having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
maximum – the most possible ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
convoy – a group of vehicles (or ships) travelling together  ขบวนรถ
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

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