Thai DM orders agencies to monitor situation to prevent more violence attacks

16:06, August 06, 2010      

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Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed concerned authorities to closely monitor the situation to ensure public security, General Apichart Penkitti, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

It is hoped that the Thai people will use political events in the past as a good lesson to make the country move forward, said General Apichart quoted the defence minister as saying.

"Recently, there were two bomb attacks (in central Bangkok) and the government does not want it to reoccur," General Prawit said Thursday.

After the two attacks the government's Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES) has warned of possible more violence attacks within August.

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

In a related development, Thailand's former primier General Suchinda Kraprayoon, who celebrated his 77th birthday on Friday, said he wishes to see unity among the Thai people, the Matichon online reported.

Also, General Suchinda said "I would like the army as one of national main institutions to further do the best for the country. "

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