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Thailand: Chalerm warns of violent protest if polls not called soon


Senior Pheu Thai politicians yesterday warned the government that unless a general election was called soon and power returned to the voters, the country might witness a “violent protest”.

Chief Pheu Thai MP Chalerm Yoobamrung said during a meeting of party MPs from the northeast in Chiang Mai that he believed the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration was preparing for an election, judging by the promotions of senior police officers nationwide.

“Although the government has got a lot of support from many elements, they are unable to please the grass-roots people. The country is not at peace now because the Democrat Party is trying to repeat the previous mistakes and putting pressure on the people. If the government fails to return power to the people, a new round of protests could become violent if people express their discontent,” he said.

The Nation

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