Deputy Commerce Minister supports negotiation with rubber protesters

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BANGKOK, 17 September 2013 Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikua is calling on MPs in the areas where rubber protests are taking place to talk with the protesters, saying he believes there will be solutions that both parties can agree upon. 

Mr Nattawut on Tuesday urged the rubber protesters to consider the effects of the protests on the public. He, nonetheless, assured them of security if they insisted on protesting, confirming that the government would not resort to violence in dealing with them.

The deputy minister said MPs in the protest areas should step in and talk with the demonstrators, especially those who were unsatisfied with the government’s assistance measures. He also expressed his belief that negotiation was a way to end the protests.