According to media reports (e.g. Bangkok Post, Prachatai), CRES lifted this ban on Friday 11/26. CRES spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd claimed that the ban was lifted because no violations were found, despite media reports of the seizure of flip-flops bearing Abhisit's likeness.
Sansern also stated the ban could be re-imposed in the future.]
Today, Thailand's CRES* ordered a ban of subversive goods within Bangkok and adjacent provinces still under an official State of Emergency. The ban includes clothing and all consumer goods deemed objectionable.
While not targeting the "red shirt" protesters explicitly, this ban is apparently in response to rallies in the capital today to observe the six-month anniversary of the violent end to the protests-turned-riots of April and May. Clothing and other accessories sold at these rallies often express opposition to or contempt for PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and his government.
Red shirts for sale. [Photo from Flickr]
Bangkok and other provinces have been under emergency rule since April 7. This represents the longest State of Emergency in Bangkok in more than a quarter century. (Prior to this, after the Thammasat Student Massacre of 1976 the Thai military maintained a State of Emergency in Bangkok for nearly 8 years, until 1984.)
The following is a translated excerpt from the ban, which took effect immediately:
Item 1: Individuals are forbidden to have in their possession, or possess with intent to sell or otherwise distribute, products, clothing, consumer goods, or any other objects that contain printing, writing, drawing, photography, or any other method that conveys a meaning which provokes, incites, agitates, or causes disunity in the general populace, or acts or supports acts which cause a state of emergency.You can read the full Thai text of the ban here.
Item 2: Authorities are authorized to order the seizure or confiscation of products, clothing, consumer goods, or any other objects as outlined in Item 1, and are authorized to act as necessary to maintain the security of the state or the safety of the public.
Item 3: These orders are to be made by authorities of commissioned officer level or equivalent.
Item 4: Any person violating this order is subject to up to 2 years imprisonment or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both. This order is enacted under Article 18 of the 2005 State of Emergency Administration Act and is effective from 19 November 2010.
General Prayuth Chan-ocha
* CRES is the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situations, a military-headed organization that assists in governing the country after a formal State of Emergency is declared.