Thai police bars entry to certain Bangkok buildings, roads

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Bangkok-buildingsroadsThai police Friday issued its first notice under the Emergency decree prohibiting individuals or groups of people from entering 13 building compounds and 25 roads unless authorised to do so.

The restricted building premises include government house, parliament, the interior ministry, ChaengWattana complex, Cat Telecom company, Thaicom satellite station and its ground service office, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd., police club, state enterprises, administrative organisations and other state agencies, reported the Bangkok post.

Police chief AdulSaengseingkaew also issued a second notice prohibiting people from carrying weapons or objects that can be used as weapons in the restricted areas.

Prime Minister YingluckShinawatra Thursday chaired a meeting of the defence council to discuss the role of the military, following the promulgation of Emergency in Bangkok and nearby areas.

The emergency decree gives security agencies the power to impose curfew, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare parts of the capital off-limits.

The Thai government decided to impose Emergency Jan 21 for two months to control the ongoing political protests.

Anti-government protestors have enforced a Bangkok shutdown since Jan 13, erecting roadblocks and protest stages at several intersections, although a number of protestors have been severely injured in bomb attacks Jan 17 and 19.

Meanwhile, about 80 percent of the people surveyed said they would vote for Feb 2 polls and the majority of them opposed another military coup, even if anti-government protests turn violent, the survey said Friday.

The survey based on “Election amidst Political Conflict” was conducted in the Bangkok University. At least 1,018 people aged 18 and over, were interviewed between Jan 21 and 23.

Asked if the ongoing political turmoil has had any effect on their plans to vote in the polls, 52.6 percent of the respondents admitted it had an impact.