03/19/2010, 00.00
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Bangkok: “red shirts” reject overtures by Thai PM

Anti-government demonstrators confirm they will continue their protest, announce new action for tomorrow. They want to see the government resign, parliament dissolve and new elections held. Their target is the ruling elite and the military, against whom they have declared “class warfare”.
Bangkok (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday said he was open to negotiations with anti-government 'red shirts' who want fresh elections. But Mr Veera Musigapong, a key leader of the red-shirted United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said there would be no negotiations so long as the government held to its attitude of superiority.

One day after they declared “class war” against the elites, the red shirts showed no sign that they would back off from their threat against the leaders and military who ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin in 2006 and brought to power current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Anti-government leaders have reiterated their position, saying that demonstrations would end only with new elections. Dialogue will be possible if the government resigns and parliament is dissolved.

Following their unusual form of peaceful protest adopted in the last few days when donated blood was poured at the entrance of the prime minister’s residence and the cabinet office, the “red shirts” plan a fresh round of citywide protests for tomorrow.

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