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Prayuth not worried by red rally plan

Posted by arnon_k On December - 20 - 2010

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha is not worried by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship’s plan to continue with regular rallies next year.

Although the government was about to lift the emergency decree now being enforced in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan, the situation was still under control, he said.

If the situation turned violent, the emergency decree could be reinstated and the military would be in place to perform their duty, the army chief said on Monday.

Gen Prayuth said violence would not do anything good, and would further damage the country in the eyes of the world.

A peace-keeping plan for use after the cancellation of the emergency had been prepared and was ready for cabinet approval and being put into effect, he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who is in charge of security affairs, expressed sympathy for police who had to work hard maintaining law and order when the red-shirts rallied at Ratchaprasong intersection on Sunday.

He said the government had no plan to grant amnesty to the red-shirts.

The UDD has announced the red-shirts will gather on the 10th and 19th of every month to mark the April 10 clashes between the protesters and security forces at Khok Wua intersection and the May 19 dispersal of the demonstrators at Ratchaprasong intersection.

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