Pattaya Daily News

25 April 2010 :: 11:04:18 am 18899

Abhisit Rejects Reds Proposal Ahead of Planned Crackdown

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has publicly rejected the proposal by Red Shirt leaders to dissolve parliament within 30-days. The breakdown in further negotiations comes hours after unnamed sources within the Thai army informed the anti-government protestors that a crackdown was imminent.
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Bangkok, the 25th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Prime Minister Abhisit revealed that the government was currently reviewing various options that would resolve the ongoing chaos, but that dissolution of the House was not in the best interests of the country at present, rejecting the Red Shirts proposal.

Publicly rejecting the Red Shirts demand for dissolution of parliament within 30-days, Abhisit announced, “Using force, intimidation, violence to get a political answer is not acceptable. Demanding or lodging an ultimatum to dissolve the House in 30 days is not the issue. I reject, I cannot accept the demand to dissolve Parliament within 30 days.”

Red Shirt leader Veera Musikapong revealed his disappointment at the government’s outright refusal in rejecting the Red Shirts demands, stating that a third round of talks between the respective parties is now unlikely. Red Leaders now fear a forceful crackdown at their Ratchaprasong rally site following leaked reports from unnamed sources within the army who informed that a push to disband the protesters was due to commence within 48-hours.

Thailand’s Civil Court further added to the speculation that a crackdown was imminent by stating the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) was entitled to disperse any mass protests gathered in the streets provided that it was done to international standards. The Civil Court released the statement after misinterpreted statements emerged stating that the court had issued an injunction against dispersing the protesters from their Ratchaprasong rally site.

Meanwhile, increasing numbers of pro-government supporters are emerging to join the multi-colour shirts who have staged mass rallies in support of Prime Minister Abhisit and the rejection of a House dissolution. Several more rallies are planned for the coming week, with the Yellow Shirts expected to follow-suit if the government does not disband the Red Shirts within the next few days.

At present protests have remained largely peaceful following the violence on the 22nd, in which one woman died and over 80 were injured in grenade attacks, however; minor scuffles still continue between civilians and security personnel due to the increased tension that is being built up as the political crisis continues into its 5th week.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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