The Thai Government has approved a new bill to control public gatherings in its latest move to address recent political insecurity which was sparked by consecutive protests.

Under the bill, protesters are required to ask for police permission 24 hours before they stage a rally. They are not allowed to take control of administrative offices or important transportation points such as airports.

The bill will be approved by the military- installed National Legislative Assembly before promulgating.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said the new bill aims to tighten regulations on demonstrations’ location and timing as well as measures dealing with protesters.

At present, all political gatherings are banned in compliance with martial law declared by the military Government after it took office in May, 2014.

Strikes started in Bangkok when former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced to disperse Lower House in December, 2013.

Armed attacks in the strikes caused 28 deaths and many more injured.-VNA