Thailand's Abhisit Vejjajiva urged anti-government "Red Shirt" protesters to commit to his reconciliation plan and pack up their demonstration site. While they have agreed to the prime minister’s offer of holding elections in November, street rallies are set to persist until the deputy premier is formally charged over the deadly crackdown held last month. 25 people died after the crackdown sparked violent street battles between military troops and protesters.
Abhisit has warned protesters that he may revoke his offer if the protesters do not leave their vast base, which has been secured with barricades made from piles of fuel-soaked tyres, bamboo poles and razor wire.
Tensions among protest leaders over whether to end the protest are evident, splintering the movement. Top leader Veera Musikapong has not been seen in public for at least two days and other leaders have not answered questions as to his whereabouts.
The “Red Shirts” have called for the government to lift the state of emergency so the protesters could return home safely, but army chief General Anupong Paojinda said martial law will remain in place until order was restored.
No End in Sight as Thai Protesters Refuse to Leave [Reuters, 11 May 2010]
Deal to End Thai Protests may be in Peril [The New York Times, 11 May 2010]
Thai Premier Urges Protesters to End Rallies on Wednesday [ChannelNewsAsia, 11 May 2010]