Thailand extends harsh security law


Thailand extended a tough security law yesterday as it faced more anti-government rallies, in a decision made by the cabinet shortly before two small grenade blasts hit its meeting place.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva confirmed the week-long extension of the measures as part of a massive security response to rolling demonstrations launched on March 14. "Protestors could seize or blockade any building in Bangkok and nearby areas, which could affect the wellbeing of the public," said a statement from the army-run Internal Security Operation Command.

The law, which allows authorities to set up checkpoints, impose curfews and limit movement, was first enforced across eight provinces but was extended in Bangkok and parts of two neighbouring provinces.


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