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Govt promises tight security for Asean summit 

Jun 19. 2019
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By The Nation

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The government has guaranteed tight security for the Asean summit coming up this weekend and would not let history repeat itself after the last convention in 2009 hosted by Thailand ended in disaster.

The summit in 2009 in Pattaya was raided by protesters opposing then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s controversial premiership and ultimately leading to the abrupt end of the convention to avoid violence.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Wednesday that the government had no concern over street protests during the summit. Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, another deputy prime minister and defence minister, was in charge of security, he added.

Wissanu also revealed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had ordered strict security as well as a big welcome for the Asean leaders and their spouses attending the summit.

Autocades would be provided for each of them from the airport to the hotel, according to Wissanu. 

Prayut also wanted to avoid traffic trouble, ordering no road closures with minimal blockages in some lanes. Wissanu said this should not pose any problem given the summit was taking place on the weekend.

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