Accusing the government of being insincere, the Thai Red Shirts have decided not to return to negotiations citing ‘different goals’, but would instead resume massive street demonstrations. However, the prime minister, who is currently in Bahrain, believes the talks would continue.
Offering a re-election within nine months, PM Abhisit Vejjajiva states his proposition is still valid and is inclined to go through another round of talks till a proper resolution is reached. Violently rejecting the idea, anti-government activists demand for parliament to dissolve within 15 days. They are currently preparing for another mass rally to be held on Saturday with more than 100,000 protestors, their biggest demonstration to date.
The Red Shirts believe that Abhisit came to power illegitimately with the connivance of the military and other parts of the traditional ruling class and that only new elections can restore integrity to Thai democracy.
The government's immediate response has been to extend special security legislation until April 7 to ensure civic safety.
Thai Protestors Ready for Fresh Mass Rally [ChannelNewsAsia, 31 Mar 2010]
Thai Red-Shirt Peace Talks Reach Stalemate [BBC News, 30 Mar 2010]
Thai Red Shirt Protestors Reject More Government Talks [Associated Press, 31 Mar 2010]