The prospect of a confrontation between anti-government protesters and government supporters loomed large even after the landmark court ruling on 21 Oct against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) held a meeting on 22 Oct at the Baan Phra-arthit, the headquarters of the Manager Media Group, to outline their next move. One of their leaders, Chamlong Srimuang said the PAD would continue to occupy Government House until it achieved its objective of ousting the People Power Party-led government and blocked a rewrite of the Constitution.
On the pro Thaksin side, a retired Police General Salang Bunnag has vowed to take on the PAD protesters at Government House. Salang said he would seal off Government House to starve off the protesters, who would be denied supplies of food and water for three days.
He said friendly foreign countries have agreed to supply him with the weapons, which would be used in the operation that would not create any loss of lives. He declined to name the foreign countries or the details of his operation to reclaim Government House from the protesters.
Salang also called on the military to take disciplinary action against officers who he said have sided with the protesters in demonstrating against the government.
Source: The Nation, 23 Oct, Clashes between rivals looming, http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2008/10/23/politics/politics_30086681.ph...