Anti-government protesters cancelled a planned march to 11 no-go zones in Thailand's capital on Tuesday to avert possible clashes after thousands of security forces were deployed to block their movements.
"There won't be any movements today. We will instead wait and see the situation at the Rachaprasong area," said Kwanchai Praiphana, a protest leader, referring to Bangkok's main shopping district that demonstrators demanding a new election were occupying for a fourth day.
Riot police and soldiers were dispatched to block supporters of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from parading across the city in defiance of government orders. After some brief resistance, protesters backed off.
Minutes later, an army spokesman appeared in a televised national address and assured the public the protesters would not be dispersed by force.
"The rally is illegal, but there will be no crackdown. We will review our measures," Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 06 Nisan 2010, 08:35