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Thai Premier Calls Special Meeting, Says Protests Contained


May 2 (Bloomberg) — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will hold a special Cabinet meeting today after he said government measures have helped contain protests from spreading outside of Bangkok’s commercial center.

The government has worked to stop demonstrators from publicizing their rallies and setting up illegal checkpoints, Abhisit said. Security officials who fail in their duties will be transferred, he said.

“You can see that protesters haven’t rallied to other areas,” the prime minister said in a weekly television address. “This has helped the government to concentrate on Ratchaprasong,” he said, referring to the area of shopping malls and office buildings the group has occupied for 29 days.

Protesters have defied emergency rule since April 7, clashing with troops and disrupting mass transit lines to pressure Abhisit into calling a general election. The group has cordoned off an area roughly the size of New York’s Central Park with barricades of rubber tires and bamboo sticks.

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