Deputy PM warns of third party involvement in protest

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BANGKOK, Nov 15 – Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok today warned of stern action against protesters at the Democracy Monument if they go overboard in their anti-government demonstration.

He admitted concern about possible infiltration by a third party to instigate violence in light of the demonstrators’ announcement to strengthen and spread out their movement in the capital later today.

They have the right to rally as long as they do not infringe on other people’s right including road blocking which is strongly inappropriate, he said.

Pol Gen Pracha quoted an intelligence report as saying that other people, especially drug addicts and the unemployed, will enter Bangkok to create unrest.

“The security authorities will stop them. Demonstrators should be on the lookout for these people,” said the deputy premier.

He said the government would be ready to hold talks if Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban seek negotiations to end the political deadlock.

“Please show your intention if you’re ready for negotiations. The government is willing to talk. Mr Abhisit was on the rally stage almost every night, he should talk with us. If he can’t wait for the general elections in the next two years, he is considered impatient,” said Gen Pracha.