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28 April 2010 :: 17:04:56 pm 19280

Army Use Rubber Bullets & Tear Gas on Red Shirt Convoy

Royal Thai Army soldiers have used rubber bullets and tear gas on a congregation of Red Shirt supporters in Bangkok on Wednesday. This current development comes after the Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, announced to the public that Red Shirt protesters would not be allowed to leave the Ratchaprasong rally site to wreak further havoc on the streets of Bangkok.
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Bangkok, the 28th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: In addition to the PM’s announcement, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who heads the government’s Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), stated that police and security forces situated in the capital have been instructed to use force where deemed necessary to disperse unruly or lawbreaking protests. He also warned that any protesters found setting up illegal blockades or checkpoints would be arrested, stating that people’s rights were being impeded upon by the current spate of illegal checkpoints.

The nationwide crackdown on Red Shirt supporters that is seemingly underway; comes as pro-government groups of multicoloured-shirts stage daily gatherings in over 30 provinces to protest against the Red Shirts. Deputy PM Suthep, yesterday described the move as a positive trend and asked coalition politicians to help take care of those taking to the streets for such rallies.

Despite the perceived crackdown at the Reds Ratchaprasong rally site, at which up to 7 military and police checkpoint are installed to monitor the protesters movements, a convoy of some 2000 protesters managed to leave the site on Wednesday. The convoy was travelling towards the Phaholyothin Road, to protest against the government’s arrest of 11 Red Shirt demonstrators on Monday, when security forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the convoy in an attempt to disperse them from creating yet more traffic congestion on the major road.

In an interview with the BBC, Prime Minister Abhisit explained that he would be willing to step down and dissolve parliament should he be impeding the future development of the nation or became and obstacle to its recovery. However, he stated that this time has not yet come explaining, “We are in agreement at the moment that the problems we are seeing are not a purely political problem. There are security problems involved, there are terrorist problems involved. We need to tackle all those issues at the same time. When we talk about the stability everyone wants to achieve, not a short-term stability waiting for the problem, the same problem to be repeated again and again,” he added.

Current advancements in government and security force tactics against the Red Shirts have prompted leaders announce that a major crackdown is imminent, further urging protesters to remain strong and continue to stand strong in their fight for democracy.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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