Even though the Government exercised the Internal Security Act (ISA) in the wake of the People’s Army rally, the protesters were not prevented from exercising their democratic right to assemble in peace. The poor turnout (picture) is evidence that majority did not support the People’s Army and the anti-democracy movement‘s call for a coup.
There are many gatherings and rallies in and out of Bangkok. The Government is determined to continue allowing peaceful rallies and freedom of expression that is enshrined in the Constitution of the nation.
The Sunday rally, similar to what has happened on a weekly basis ever since Yingluck Shinawatra was elected as PM, is a leap forward compared to the crackdown of Red Shirts in 2010, when then Prime Minister Abhisit (leader of the minority-led Democrat Party) ordered the army to smash the demonstrators. The 2010 crackdown resulted in the violent deaths of more than 95 people and over 2,000 were injured.