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Thai premier warns of strict action against protesters

Prayut Chan-o-cha's warning comes amid ongoing anti-government rallies

Thai premier warns of strict action against protesters


Thailand’s prime minister on Thursday warned of using all laws and actions against the protesters demanding his removal from office, local media said.

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha’s warning came amid continuing street rallies by anti-government protesters demanding his removal and reforms to the monarchy, according to Bangkok Post.

In a statement, Prayut said that the government and all agencies had tried to find a peaceful way out of the conflict, following legal procedures under a constitutional monarchy.

“The situation is not easing in a good direction and there is a tendency for conflict to escalate into more violence. If not addressed, this could cause damage to the country and the beloved institution [monarchy], as well as to peace and the safety of people’s lives and property," the daily quoted the premier as saying.

“It is necessary for the government and security agencies to intensify their actions by using all laws and all articles to take action against demonstrators who break the law and show no respect for the rights of other people," he added.

On Wednesday night, thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in Ratchaprasong intersection, again demanding the prime minister's resignation and reforms to the royal institution.

*Writing by Islamuddin Sajid 

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