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Thai PM Abhisit Cautions Protestors

Updated On: Apr 27, 2010

Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has threatened to takeover a secure encampment set up by the Red Shirts anti-government protestors situated in Bangkok. In a televised discussion on Sunday Abhisit also stated that the process and measures he will undertake depends on various factors, presumably the protesters' actions.

Abhisit has rejected the call by the Red Shirts to dissolve parliament within 30 days, citing the ultimatum as an attention-seeking tactic. He also added that a panacea has to be found for the entire country, not merely on the Red Shirts front.

Counterdemonstrations opposing the parliament dissolution have grown among the citizenry in support of Abhisit. The emergence of counterprotesters have raised concerns of possible violent street clashes, in the face of recent grenade explosions last week.

The army's first attempt to disperse the demonstrators in early April was met with fierce resistance, resulting in 25 casualties.

Sources:
Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva Warns Protestors [BBC News, 25 Apr 2010]
Thai Premier Rejects Protesters' 'Intimidation,' but Seeks Peaceful End to Standoff [The New York Times, 25 Apr 2010]







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