Thai gov't waiting for protestors' decision to end prolonged rally in Bangkok

15:23, May 10, 2010      

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The Thai government has been waiting for the anti-government group to decide when the group will end their prolonged rally in central Bangkok, Prime Minister' s Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey said Monday.

However, by 11:00 a.m. core leader Doctor Weng Tojirakarn, said concrete decision had not been made on the timeframe to end the anti-government protest, the Thai News Agency reported.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday demanded the anti- government group to give a clear answer by Monday on whether they will end the prolonged rally.

Abhisit warned during the weekly address to the nation on a live television on Sunday that for safety, the group should stop the rally quickly.

In a related development, earlier in the morning the anti- government group held a merit-making ceremony to mark the one- month anniversary of the April 10's clashes between the protestors and troops in central Bangkok.

During the ritual, the anti-government core leaders and protestors gave alms to 10 monks and after that the praying ceremony were held.

The rally has been held from March 12 and they are now gathering at the Rathchaprasong Intersection in the center of capital Bangkok as the House dissolution is one among their political demands.

Totally, 27 people lost their lives and some 1,427 were wounded during the recent four major clashes between the protestors and security forces, including the April 10's ones.

Source: Xinhua
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