Saturday, May 15, 2010

Thai leader defends crackdown on protest

On Saturday, the Thai leader, Abhisit Vejjajiva, defended his government's crackdown on protests in the wake of rising death tolls as a result of the conflict.

The Washington Post reported:

"I insist that what we are doing is necessary," Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in remarks broadcast on national television. "We cannot retreat, because we are doing things that will benefit the entire country."
On Saturday, the protesters, known as "red shirts," directed a steady stream of rudimentary missiles at troops, who fired back in several areas around a key commercial district of Bangkok.
Army snipers with high-powered rifles were perched atop tall buildings. Below, thick black smoke billowed from tires set ablaze by demonstrators as gunfire rang out.
(Read the full article here)

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