Thai PM not make himself public for security reason: acting gov't spokesman

16:58, April 15, 2010      

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It is for a security reason that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has not made himself public, acting government spokesman Panithan Wattanayagorn said Thursday.

The prime minister will be publicly present only when it is essential, Thai News Agency quoted Panithan as saying.

Abhisit has stayed at the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bangkok's Bangkhen district, in which the Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) is located.

Meanwhile, the government is worried there is a group of armed men have mixed themselves with the "red-shirts", Panithan said.

Panithan also denied a report, which said the government plans to deploy security personnel during April 19-21 on top of buildings around the Rathchaprasong Intersection in a move to retake the occupied Rathchaprasong area.

Such report is aimed to provoke the "red-shirt" supporters to be active to fight further for the anti-government "red-shirt" movement, Panithan said.

In a related development, CRES Spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd reiterated during a live television speech to the nation that troops did shoot at the "red-shirts" during the clashes between the "red-shirts" and troops on April 10.

During the live TV speech, the CRES spokesman also showed video clips to prove his statement.

Moreover, Col Sansern said the government's CRES is ready to be examined by any organization to prove the truth concerning the troops' operations on April 10.

From Thursday, the "red-shirt" main rally site has been only at the Rathchaprasong area after Wednesday they abandoned another main rally site at the Phan Fah Bridge in Bangkok.

They have demanded the premier to "immediately" dissolve the lower House of parliament and hold a new general election.

The "red-shirts" have still viewed that, apart from the House dissolution, there is no other solution to the country's ongoing political conflict.

Source: Xinhua


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