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26 August 2008 :: 15:08:27 pm 42952

Supreme Commander: No Need For Emergency Decree, Yet

BANGKOK, Aug 26 Supreme Commander Gen. Boonsang Niempradit on Tuesday indicated that separate rallies staged by the People‘s Alliance for Democracy-led protesters at several key state-owned establishments had not escalated to the extent that an emergency decree need to be adopted, but affirmed that he believed the police could handle the situation.
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He said the military had not yet been put on alert, but it is monitoring the situation and the police supervision of the rallies.

Regarding a possible adoption of an emergency decree to control the situation, Gen. Boonsang said it must be discussed if Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej suggests it. However, he personally sees no need to adopt emergency measures for the time being because “it could cause confusion”.

Asked to comment on the action of some PAD protesters storming into the state-run NBT television station, Gen. Boonsang said he did not want to see any violence take place and that he believed the police would be able to cope with the situation.

Should the premier call it quits to end the ongoing political tensions, he was asked. As a subordinate, the general said, he is not in a position to comment.

However, the supreme commander said he believed that all conflicting parties should turn to talk with each other. The PAD has the right to stage rallies, but its actions must not break the law.

Gen. Boonsang affirmed that no military officers thought of staging a coup because they are aware it would likely not improve the situation.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the Cabinet met at the Royal Thai Armed Forces’ headquarters since

Government House has been isolated and closed off by the PAD demonstrators. Key security officers including Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda, Police Commissioner Pol. Gen. Patcharavat Wongsuwan, and First Army Region Commander Lt-Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha met with the supreme commander at the headquarters.

It is expected that the top military brass will continue to meet and assess the situation. Gen. Prayuth said there remained a way out regarding the PAD decision to rally at several state agencies and seize the NBT television station — if its supporters agreed to disperse and return to their position.

Whether the emergency decree should be adopted to deal with situation, he said, depended on the government’s decision.

However, he believed the situation had not escalated to such an extent that warrants the announcement of the decree. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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