Tear gas, rubber bullets may be used in tackling "red-shirts" rally: army spokesman

15:50, April 09, 2010      

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The Thai government has prepared seven steps, including using tear gas and rubber bullets, to control the situation, said an army's spokesman Friday noon, as the anti-government movement "red-shirts" are rallying in front of Thai Com satellite firm in Patum Thani province next to Bangkok.

In a nationally-televised live address, Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that the government has to control the situation and the security forces have prepared tear gas, rubber bullets and water- spraying devices for possible intrusion by protesters.

The security forces that guard Thai Com will negotiate with the protesters first, said Sansern, adding the second step should be to show their tools and forces to the "red-shirts".

The third step will involve pushing protesters back by shield, baton, spraying water, tear gas, rubber bullets, etc, said Sansen, who is also the spokesman for Center for Public Administration in Emergency Situations (APAES) in charge of the security during the emergency rule.

The reporter at site said at noon that the front of the "red- shirts" motorcade have arrived at Thai Com head office, about one hour's drive from Bangkok. The roads around the firm are blocked by the "red-shirts" vehicles.

Source: Xinhua


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