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08 March 2009 :: 14:03:19 pm 27981

PM Visits Lopburi as Protesters Attempt Disruption

LOPBURI, March 7 - Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday officially visited Lopburi province to personally explain and defend his government's policies, his first visit to the "countryside" since his coalition government came to power nearly three months ago. Some anti-government protesters greeted him with jeers but no violence was reported.
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About one thousand police, military and government personnel provided tight security as Mr. Abhisit arrived in the province in the morning and paid respect to a deceased Buddhist monk at Wat Bote in Kong Thanu district.

At the temple he told well-wishers that his family had roots in LopBuri, nearly 155 km north of Bangkok, as his grandfather and two grand-uncles had married women from Lopburi.

The prime minister told the welcoming crowd that he had visited Lopburi several times in the past as a politician and had distributed relief assistance to flood victims.

Telling well-wishers that some of his government?s policies have now been implemented, Mr. Abhisit said he hoped that political unrest in the country would ease after anti-government protesters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) better understood his administration.

Mr. Abhisit said the government fund aimed at supporting local villagers would reach about 8,000 villages nationwide on March 19.

Some protesters threw plastic bottles of water at Mr. Abhisit’s motorcade as it arrived at Ban Dong Tan Health Centre in provincial seat but no one was hurt.

Security in Lopburi is normally quite stable as the town is headquarters for a number of specialised military units, including the Special Forces.

Mr. Abhisit recorded his weekly television address before returning to Bangkok. The TV programme will be broadcast early Sunday on the state-run NBT Television.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban visited Nakhon Nayok, a central province as more than 500 police both uniformed and plainclothes provided security.

The two visits were made after the government announced earlier this week that all cabinet ministers would visit 76 provinces over the next two weeks to listen to public grievances over economic problems and responses to the implementation of government programmes aimed at cushioning the impact of prevailing economic problems in the country. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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