Thai po­lice, sol­diers ready to deal with vi­o­lence at rally

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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

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