Thai PM admits anti-gov't movements partly motivated by unfairness

22:01, July 19, 2010      

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva admitted on Monday that some anti-government "red-shirt" movements were motivated by belief that they were unfairly treated.

Speaking at a political seminar, Abhisit said "the social gap is not the root cause of the "red-shirt" movements. But, the problem lies with unfairness," the Bangkok Post's website reported.

Abhisit explained "we should look at the social gap, not only in terms of the amount of income since it is also concerned with the public feeling about the way they are being treated, such as the gap between the general people and state officials."

Hence, the government wants national reform panels to be independent in a bid to prevent the public to claim that the government may have a hidden agenda on the national reform, he said.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the "red-shirt" protesters and troops from March 12 to May 19 in central Bangkok stood at 88 and 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua

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