"Red-shirts" core leaders use children, women, old people as shields: Thai army spokesman

20:41, April 19, 2010      

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The "red-shirts" core leaders should not use children, women and old people to pressure security personnel when they organize a mobile rally, Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) Spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Monday.

"Red-shirts" leader Arisman (C) speaks at a press conference in the Rathchaprasong area in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, on April 16, 2010. At least five "Red-shirts" leaders escaped from roundup by Thai security forces Friday from a hotel. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaoyong)

"Please do not take advantage of children, women and old people by using them as shields since it is embarrassing," Thai News Agency quoted Col Sansern as saying.

Meanwhile, Col Sansern said it is essential to deploy troops to station on high buildings around the "red-shirts" rally site after it is found there were armed men among the "red-shirts" during the clashes on April 10.

Hence, the deployment of the troops is aimed to protect the " red-shirts" protesters, the CRES spokesman said.

Col Sansern also said troops have rights to use weapons for a self-protection's purpose after experiencing that during the clashes on April 10 several soldiers were injured and some others lost their lives.

The "red-shirts" are now gathering at the Rathchaprasong Intersection in Bangkok as they have demanded Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva 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.

But the country's private sector and a lot of Thai have opposed the early House dissolution since it will negatively affect continuity of the government's economic stimulus measures.

Source: Xinhua


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