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Red-shirts planning fresh unrest: Thai deputy PM

06-21-2010 16:21 BJT

BANGKOK, June 21 (Xinhua) -- The Deputy Prime Minister on Monday cited red-shirts' intention of provoking fresh unrest as reason for remaining the emergency decree in Bangkok and some other provinces.

Bangkok Post quoted Suthep Thuagsuban as saying that there have been meetings of the anti-government red-shirts both in Thailand and overseas, and this is why the emergency decree cannot be revoked at the moment.

Suthep, the deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs, said that some groups of people were preparing to incite fresh violence as soon as the emergency law in Bangkok and other provinces is lifted.

He said that once the situation truly returns to normal, the government will immediately revoke the special law.

A State of Emergency in Bangkok and some other areas was declared by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on April 7 to deal with the red-shirts protest, after hundreds of protestors besieged the Parliament House for hours earlier that day and stormed into the compound.

Abhisit on April 7 assigned Suthep to head a committee that handles the emergency situation, without disclosing how long the emergency decree will last. The executive decree on public administration in emergency situations can be declared for only three months at one time.

The rally by red-shirts, who demanded Abhisit to dissolve the House and to hold a snap election, led to confrontation and clashes between the protestors and the troops, leaving at least 88 dead and 1,885 injured.

After the red-shirt leaders announced official end of the rally, a curfew was imposed in Bangkok and 23 other provinces on May 19, following the widely arson attacks and violence by some hardcore red-shirts protestors who did not agree to end the rally in Bangkok.

The curfew was lifted on May 29 though Abhisit said the emergency decree will remain to keep peace and order in Bangkok and other provinces.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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