Thai police on full alert after PM-red shirts talks fail

09:31, March 30, 2010      

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Thailand's police have fully alerted after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and anti-government core leaders failed again to reach concrete agreement in their second day of political talks on Monday evening.

The second day of their peaceful talks started at about 18:20 p. m. and ended at about 20:20 p.m.

During the talks, the two sides could not agree on the time frame to dissolve the lower House of parliament.

The three red shirts' core leaders still insisted that the House be dissolved by the premier within 15 days and it will be the only solution to the country's ongoing political conflict.

Prior to the talks, Metropolitan Police Commander Lt-General Santhan Chayanon called on a meeting with chiefs of Metropolitan Police Division 1-9 and other involved police authorities to plan security measures to deal with the mass gathering of the red shirts.

Lt-General Santhan has urged the general public to help inform security authorities if they discover any irregularity, Thai News Agency reported.

Police Major General Piya Utayo, spokesman of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, disclosed that some 45 police companies, or 6,750 police officers, together with other police task forces, have been deployed to maintain law and order amid the ongoing mass rally.

The police forces have also been focusing on ensuring security at state places and important persons' residences, General Piya said.

Ten of thousands of the protesters led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group have converged in the Thai capital of Bangkok since March 12 to press Prime Minister Abhisit to dissolve the lower House of parliament and call new election.

The red-shirts or UDD group's main rally site is now at the Phan Fah Bridge in the center of Bangkok.

Source: Xinhua
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