Thai police, soldiers ready to deal with violence at rally
BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva warned anti-government protesters not to blockade his office or resort to violence at a major rally planned for this weekend.
Thousands of police and soldiers will be deployed to keep the peace tomorrow when supporters of deposed fugitive leader Thaksin Shinawatra gather at Abhisit’s office, Government House, to demand that the prime minister resign.
The gover nment invoked special security powers earlier this week, citing fears the gathering could turn violent and plunge Thailand back into political turmoil.
“The protest must be within the rule of law, and there must be no use of violence so that officials and cabinet members can enter Government House to work nor mally,” Abhisit said.
In April, a protest by Thaksin’s supporters developed into riots in Bangkok that left two dead and more than 120 injured. – Sapa-AP