Thai PM rejects emergency call

Thailand's military-installed prime minister has refused to clamp down on opponents by declaring an emergency in Bangkok.

Thai PM rejects emergency call

Thailand'smilitary-installed prime minister has refused to clamp down on opponents bydeclaring an emergency in Bangkok.

Surayud Chulanont said such a move was unnecessary asprotests by supporters of the former premier do "not affect nationalsecurity".

He also said a general election could be held as early asDecember 16.


He added that a referendum on a new charter beingdrafted is expected to be held "no later than September".

He made the comments after meeting General SonthiBoonyaratglin, the military chief, who called for emergency rule to stopdeposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra's supporters from protesting.


Growing rallies

Surayud said he rejected the request by the coupleader because the situation "does not correspond with the need to declarea state of emergency".

Anti-coup protesters led by Thaksin's supporters have beenholding small but growing weekly rallies calling for democracy to be restored.

A protest last Friday drew about 1,000 people with somedemonstrators throwing rocks, plastic bottles and chairs at the police, andcoup leaders fear that another rally this Friday could turn violent.

Temporary ban

City officials, after meeting security officials, issued atemporary ban on political rallies at a park between Thursday and Monday butprotest organisers immediately switched to a different site in the capital.

Natthawut Saikua, a protest leader, said: "We have beenclear from the start that our plan is to use transparent and non-violent meansto show that what [coup leaders] have done is illegitimate."

Many Thais are becoming impatient with the interimgovernment for failing, among other things, to prove corruption allegationsagainst Thaksin.

The coup leaders scrapped the previous constitution ongrounds that it allowed Thaksin to consolidate extraordinary powers in hishands.

They promised a public referendum on the new charter,followed by elections by the end of the year.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16