Bangkok, the 25th of May 2010 [PDN]: The proposal was put forth to the Thai Cabinet meeting on Tuesday following a meeting of the CRES, involving Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, Defence Minster General Prawit Wongsuwan, the acting National Police Chief and the Director General of the Department of Special Investigations (DSI). At the meeting, all parties agreed to propose an extension of the curfew order for a further 7 nights until the 31st of May.
A unnamed CRES spokesman announced that there are still significant fears and a potential for a ‘second wave’ of violence, the likes of which was seen on May 19th, which has prompted the agency into requesting for a continuation of the curfew in Bangkok and 23 other provinces. Various fractional groups have begun to emerge in the aftermath of the violent crackdown on Red Shirt protesters in Bangkok with various segments suggesting they will resume their ‘fight for democracy’ in June or following the retraction of the Emergency Decree.
Should the CRES proposal for an extension of the curfew be granted by the Thai Cabinet, residents of Bangkok and 23 other provinces will be required to cease business and return to their homes between midnight and 4:00am from Tuesday night until Monday next week. A spokesman for CRES stated, “Although it’s just four hours, but concerned officials say it will be useful for them to carry out their work and control the situation. At the same time we don’t want the curfew to affect people too much and hope that with the new timeline the public will complete their daily routines.”
Most governmental departments, schools and businesses in Bangkok reopened on Monday morning, whilst the BTS Skytrain and all other public transportation networks commenced full services again. Most of Bangkok’s public transportation system had been operating on a ‘skeleton’ service over the past two months of ongoing political protests and uncertainty in the Thai capital.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s opposition Puea Thai Party on Monday submitted two separate motions to the Senate seeking an impeachment against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and three minister and the censorship of the premier and five ministers.
The first motion seeks to remove the prime minister, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, Minister of Interior Chavarat Charnvirakul and Minister of Transport Sopon Zarum for alleged misconduct and abuse of power in handling the anti-government Red Shirt protest in Bangkok. The motion was back by 159 opposition members of parliament.
The second motion, signed by 184 opposition ministers, sought a censorship debate against Mr. Abhisit, Mr Suthep, Mr Chavarat, Mr Sopon along with Minister of Finance Korn Chatikavanij and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya. The motion was filed in accordance with Article 159 of the Thai Constitution and related directly to the closure and blocking of various sources of information on the television and internet relating to the Red Shirt protests in Bangkok and the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship’s (UDD) cause.
House Speaker Chai Chidchob revealed that his office would now examine the motions before presenting a result within 7-days. He also stated that he would now approach the government about fixing a date for the censorship debate, which could feasibly be held during the upcoming extraordinary parliamentary session, as was the case during the Samak Sundaravej government troubles.