The Oct 23-25 summit is expected to draw protest from various parties in the country, including the pro-Thaksin group and the Pattani Islamic Movement.
Thailand has been marred with pro-Thaksin demonstrations over the last two years. In its four southern provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Satun, communal violence continues to rage despite efforts by Bangkok to contain it.
I personally believe the ISA will bring about peace and stability during the 3-day summit. While some quarters in Bangkok were opposing it, the move is seen as one of the best options to secure the safety of head of states and their delegations, expected to arrive a few days before the summit starts.
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