Thai gov't warns of danger of "red-shirt" rally site in Bangkok: police spokesman

17:47, April 21, 2010      

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The Thai government's Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) Wednesday has repeatedly warned of danger of the "red-shirt" rally site in Bangkok, Police Major General Piya Uthayo, the spokesman of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said.

According to intelligence reports, the "red-shirts" have been stockpiling home-made weapons such as grenades, acid, big fireworks, and sharpened wood, (to fight riot forces), the Thai News Agency quoted the police spokesman as saying.

Hence, Bangkok residents are advised to stay away from the "red- shirt" rally site Rathchaprasong area, Piya said.

Police officers have also been told to get prepared to protect themselves, said the police spokesman.

But, "red-shirt" core leader Natthawut Saikua has denied the reports.

The "red-shirts" have only had sharpened wood at the six defending points in order to prevent security men from getting near the "red-shirts", Natthawut said.

The "red-shirt" rally has started from March 12 as they are now gathering at the Rathchaprasong Intersection.

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 viewed that, apart from the House dissolution, there is no other solution to the country's ongoing political conflict.

But, the private sector has opposed the early House dissolution since it will negatively affect continuity of the government's economic stimulus measures.

Source: Xinhua


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