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Pattaya Daily News

10 April 2009 :: 08:04:56 am 38384

Pm Vows Legal Action Against Lawbreakers, Declares Friday Holiday

BANGKOK, April 10 Unwavering in the face of the red-shirted protesters move to intensify its anti-government campaign by blocking key intersections in the centre of the capital, causing traffic chaos in the city on Thursday, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva pledged in the evening that his government would take immediate legal action against those who violated the law.
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I emphasise that the measures the government plans to take will not ignite violence as intended by a certain group of protesters, he told a national television audience Thursday night. ?It is necessary to separate the supporters of true democracy from a group of ill-intentioned protesters so that the government is able to enforce the law and restore law and order in the country in the short run.

Admitting that around 100,000 people joined the anti-government demonstration at its peak on Thursday, Mr. Abhisit said 70 per cent of them had already returned home while about 30,000 still encamped near Government House.

The remaining protesters had done some acts that could be deemed illegal, the premier said. The government remains committed to exercising restraint and tolerance, but must proceed to take legal action in response to any action deemed detrimental to national security.

Mr. Abhisit also said the state-owned television channel 11 will now serve to monitor the situation and keep the public abreast of the government’s decisions and actions in the current situation.

The premier also declared Friday as a public holiday as part of its efforts to ease the hardship the public faces due to the red-clad protesters? road blockade of key roads in the heart of the city.

He said unlawful acts by some protesters had been already photographed as supporting evidence for legal action.

Mr. Abhisit affirmed the government’s readiness to conduct the ASEAN+3 and +6 summit in the eastern resort town of Pattaya this weekend, saying that security had been beefed up to ensure the meeting is held smoothly for the sake of the country?s interest and good image.

He added all leaders of participating countries had confirmed their attendance to the meeting.

The premier called on the public to help maintain surveillance and give security officials tip-offs to prevent untoward incidents staged by any group of ill-intentioned people. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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