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No worries, keep martial law: NSC
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The National Security Council yesterday decided to keep the country under martial law while dismissing any concerns for the New Year season.

"Although there was the restaurant seizure in Australia, it was the work of one extremist," Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan was quoted as saying by Anusit Kunakorn, secretary-general of the NSC.

"Thailand will maintain martial law as there is no need to revoke it. The country is not totally in peace. Having martial law in force will not adversely affect anyone except those who want to disturb the peace," Anusit said after the NSC meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss the security situation over New Year.

Besides the security threat at the international level, the meeting highlighted internal security threats.

NSC officials believe the government has to contain fallout from the national division by nurturing national reconciliation.

"We have to ensure that people with different ideas can live together and do not resort to force. Both sides must comply with the rule of law," he said.

The meeting also discussed the situation in the deep South and the stability of the country's major institutions.

Prayut stressed maritime security because the country has more than Bt20 trillion in such interests per year.

The Cabinet has approved a strategy to manage marine resources. The government is also planning to deal with transnational crime, illegal migrants, and energy and food issues, he added.

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/No-worries-keep-martial-law-NSC-30250201.html

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-- The Nation 2014-12-19

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Perhaps Thai officals and spokespeople could be a bit more thoughtful about their information presentation.

No worries and will not disturb any apart from those that wish to disturb the peace is not correct. It does impact on others for example those in the tourist trade as just one example.

If the statements were correctly conveyed to something like the reality...."while we accept some economic and social cost due to the need to keep Martial Law in place"...then they would be taking a few steps in the right direction towards credibility.

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No need to revoke martial law?

What is the real need to keep it?

Have there been any uprisings?

Cannot be good for the economy as a hole when martial law is in effect

Pretty confident tourism is taking a hit due to martial law

Oh well, keep Thais in line and deny them their freedoms, welll done

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Martial law does not bother me. In fact it does provide a sense of calm in the eye of the storm.

However it is civilians being forced to go to military courts, as a result of martial law that is a worry, since there is no right to appeal. Too bad if an innocent person is accidentally convicted.

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Martial law does not bother me. In fact it does provide a sense of calm in the eye of the storm.

However it is civilians being forced to go to military courts, as a result of martial law that is a worry, since there is no right to appeal. Too bad if an innocent person is accidentally convicted.

'Accidentally'

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This is not a coup.

Martial law is only temporary, until free elections can be arranged. Elections are top priority.

Remember that? Many people here defended that all the way.

I remember it well. Where are those same people now?

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Because there's a very big storm coming, unlike anything Thailand has seen before, and it will rip this country right down the middle.

Maybe it will come to "ripping".

In reality, there are two very different Thailands.

There is Thai Thailand, in the north.

There is western wana be Thailand in the south.

Each has different wants and needs.

Those who never leave the south, don't realize how different the two are.

Most in the north have been forced to go south from time to time since the government is centralized there.

They know the difference.

It could happen some day.

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I don't care what the perpetual TV sinics say.

Things are better now than they were before...and could get even better.

Why always so frigging negative?

Would you rather have people fighting in the stree over what color laundry they wear?

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Martial law didn't stop rubber farmers from massing a recent public protest. Oh wait. They're pro-Democrat Party and pro-Junta supporters so they get a free pass from the "rule of law." If you support the Junta, your "rule of law" is different than those that don't. So much for "equality under the law."

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I love how they try and convince people that there are different entities at work. NCPO, NLA, NSC, The 'Government' etc...Like the NLA to advise/cooperate NCPO etc...(so army advises/cooperates with army hmm)

Let's stop with this nonsense. It's a Junta, pure and simple.

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