Thailand's army not to use force to disperse "red-shirt" protestors: national Army chief

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Thailand's national Army Commander-in-Chief General Anupong Paochinda said Friday the army will not use force to disperse the "red-shirts" protestors, who are gathering in capital Bangkok.

Violence won't be able to solve the political problem, deputy army spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong quoted Anupong as saying,the National News Bureau of Thailand reported.

Hence, the army won't use force to deal with the "red-shirts" since it will worsen the political problem, Anupong said.

The army, which is the government's important mechanism to solve the conflict, will apply international standard in dealing with the political rally, he said.

His statement was made as all sections in the country are increasingly worried about how the coalition government will deal with the prolonged "red-shirts" rally.

The anti-government "red-shirts" rally has started since March 12 as they have demanded the prime minister 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 alternative solution to the country's ongoing political conflict.

But, at the same time, the rallies of Thais in various-color shirts, who have opposed the early House dissolution, are increasingly growing.

Source: Xinhua


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