Bangkok — The government has invoked the Internal Security Act (ISA) across all of Bangkok after protesters seized two state ministries yesterday, vowing to occupy the ministries until the government is ousted.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she had no choice but to expand the ISA across the whole city when anti-government protesters occupied the Foreign Ministry, the Finance Ministry, and the Public Relations Department.
She said the intent is to protect state property and the safety of the public and officials, and the enforcement takes effect immediately.
She also said though heightened security measures are required, the government will refrain from using force to end the protests, reported the Bangkok Post.
The prime minister made the announcement following a crisis cabinet meeting on the escalating protests against her administration.
The ISA has been in place covering three Bangkok districts since October 9, when the anti-government protests began.
It has also been expanded to cover Nonthaburi, Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan and Lat Lum Kaeo district of Pathum Thani.