Pattaya Daily News

30 March 2010 :: 12:03:12 pm 17033

Fears Of Increased Violence Due to Continuing Political Impasse

Once again the negotiations between the government and the Red Shirt leadership is going nowhere, with talks stalemated. This time, however, there are concerns that the impasse will lead to increased violence as the Reds up the ante by more and larger rallies and perhaps bombings, the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order warns.
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March 30, 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]:  the second round of negotiations between the government and the Red Shirts, televised nationally, finished with no resolution and no provisional date set for a third session. Veera Musikapong, one of the core UDD leaders, once more demanded House dissolution but PM Abhisit just as adamantly refused, saying;

“To dissolve the House today or in 15 days doesn’t make any difference. I don’t believe that is the way out for society as some other people disagree with the House dissolution. I have no choice but to say that it is impossible,” the TNA reported, although the premier did not dismiss the possibility of an election before the end of his term of office in 2011.

The premier did, however, make the concession that the House could be disbanding sometime within the next 9 months, explaining that there was a need for “budget planning and disbursement, a public referendum on constitutional amendments and a calmer atmosphere ahead of a new poll. The red shirt leaders felt that was too long to wait’ the Nation reported, vowing to intensify their anti-government campaign.

The fact that the two sides are still at loggerheads has provoked very real fears that violence will be resorted by the Red Shirts to in an attempt to break the deadlock.

The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), warned of more violence, especially bombings, in Bangkok with government offices the main targets.

For the first time in this current political crisis the PAD Yellow Shirts have spoken up, saying they were vehemently against political talks about a parliamentary dissolution. “Dissolution of the parliament is not the solution to the country’s [political situation], although it is the solution to resolve the conflict under democratic system. The proposal of the Red Shirt has a hidden agenda to help Mr Thaksin,” the TNA reported PAD co-ordinator, Suriyasai Katasila, as saying, and further “If there was House dissolution, it would pave the way for Mr Thaksin to return to power.” Concluding “The government’s recognition of the Red-Shirt group is equivalent to recognition of a Thaksin regime – which we regarded as the root cause of the current political crisis.”

Reporter: Taliesin Verity (Chief-Reporter)

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