"Red-shirts" rally only part of problem: Thai PM

15:16, April 25, 2010      

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The government has refrained to use force to disperse the demonstrating "red-shirts" because it is only part of the problem, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday.

The government's goal is to return normalcy to the country so it has to consider all connected moves of "the red-shirts" movement before taking actions to solve the overall problem, the prime minister said in a weekly programme.

The "red-shirts" protesters led by the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship or UDD have staged a mass rally since March 14, demanding Abhisit dissolve the parliament and hold a fresh election.

They have converged at Rajchaprasong intersection in Bangkok's main tourism and shopping center early this month, which caused trouble to several shopping malls, hotels and tens of thousands of employees.

He said the jigsaw puzzle is getting complete after which it will be easier for the government to plan measures accordingly.

"But let me stress that this is not just about Rajprasong. We want to solve the whole problem," Abhisit said.

Source: Xinhua


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