Anti-gov't "red-shirts" demand Thai PM to dissolve House "immediately"

10:25, April 25, 2010      

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Thailand's anti-government "red- shirts" Saturday demanded Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to "immediately" dissolve the lower House of parliament.

The latest demand by the "red-shirts" was made shortly after Prime Minister Abhisit rejected the "red-shirt" demand of dissolving the lower House of parliament with in 30 days.

Abhisit said the coalition government has also been listening to proposed solutions to the country's ongoing political conflict from several other social sections, Thai News Agency reported.

"The government is considering (political) views from several social sections as I think the society wants to see decision making concerning politics, including House dissolution, to be based on the national interest," Abhisit said.

The solution to the country's problem must be done for the benefit of the majority of the Thai people, "not just for the "red shirts," Abhisit said.

The premier said that "by using forces or violence as threats in order to get political demand, the government does not accept. I don't accept the condition of dissolving the House within 30 days."

It is sad the prime minister rejected the "red-shirt" demand, core leader Veera Musikapong said.

Meanwhile, the "red-shirt" core leaders ordered the "red-shirt" protesters to stop wearing the red shirts in a bid to wear shirts in other colors.

The change of the color of the shirts is made in order to avoid checking by security officials, the core leaders claimed.

Motorcycles have also been put on standby at six defending points around the rally site as the purpose was still unknown.

Also, rumors that the government planned to disperse the protesters within 48 hours were spread around the rally site.

The anti-government rally has been held from March 12 as they are now gathering at the Rathchaprasong Intersection in the capital of Bangkok.

They have demanded the Prime Minister to dissolve the lower House of parliament and hold a new general election.

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

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

Source: Xinhua


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