Thai anti-government activities under watch

21:12, November 12, 2010      

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The Thai defense minister said on Friday the government has prepared for the anti-government "red- shirt" rally on Saturday (Nov. 13).

The Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) spokesman Pol Col Songpol Wattanachai said Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, defense minister and CRES director, has instructed all government agencies concerned to keep a close watch on activities of the "red shirts" on November 13, 14 and 19, the Bangkok Post online reported.

According to reports reaching to the CRES, the "red shirts" planned to rally in Bangkok on the three days.

November 13 marks the six months of "red-shirt" hawkish Maj-Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol's being shot by a sniper during the protest on May 13 and November 19 the six months of the May 19 military crackdown on the "red shirts".

Songpol said about 500 policemen would be deployed to maintain law and order. Although there were no reports of possible violence, authorities are required to be watchful, he added.

He said the CRES had coordinated with organizers of the activities to abide by the law and not to prolong their rallies.

The latest chronic protest by the "red-shirts", causing 91 deaths and nearly 2,000 injuries, was held from March 14 to May 19. The anti-government protesters occupied Bangkok's central business zone for more than one month and called for the government to dissolve the parliament and hold a fresh election. The demonstration ended after a week-long confrontation with the troops and many "red-shirt" core members were charged with terrorism.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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