Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thai Premier Faces Off With Leaders of Protests

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of Thailand met Sunday with leaders of the antigovernment protest movement here, the first significant effort to defuse two weeks of street protests.

The meeting, an unscripted and unusual face-off among hardened political rivals that was carried live on Thailand’s main television channels, failed to make progress on the primary demand of protesters, that new elections be called. Both sides agreed to meet again on Monday.

“All of us now have only one question,” Jatuporn Prompan, a protest leader at the meeting, asked the prime minister. “Will you dissolve Parliament or not?”

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/world/asia/29thai.html?ref=asia

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