Thai gov't has no policy to kill anti-gov't supporters: deputy PM

15:46, June 11, 2010      

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Thailand's government has no policy to kill innocent people or supporters of the anti- government United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group, Deputy Prime Minister in chrge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Friday, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

The government has nothing to do with the death of Chakkarin Krongkaew, a UDD guard, who was shot dead at Buayai district in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province on Thursday night, Suthep said.

Chakkarin is a close aide of UDD core leader Suporn Atthawong.

The Bangkok Post's website quoted Suthep as saying that he will order police to rapidly hunt down the gunmen.

Meanwhile, Suthep has urged the UDD people to take part in a national reconciliation plan, which has been officially launched by the government from Wednesday.

Asked about the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) remark that use of the emergency decree by the government is an abuse of human rights, Suthep said the government is ready to answer to any investigation.

The emergency rule has been imposed from April 7 in 24 of Thailand's 76 provinces, empowering police and army to control the then anti-government protests.

In a bid to ensure security, the state of emergency's enforcement has been maintained though the anti-government protests ended on May 19, leaving tremendous losses and damages to the country.



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