Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thai Protest Rivals Want Military to End 'Anarchy'

Thailand's pro-establishment activists demanded military action against anti-government protesters and an end to ''anarchy'' in the capital Thursday, a day after clashes turned a busy expressway into a deadly battle zone.

The re-emergence of the so-called Yellow Shirts -- notorious for shutting Bangkok's airports for a week in 2008 -- added to the volatility on the streets of the Thai capital, where a seven-week standoff has killed at least 27 people and wounded nearly 1,000.

Chamlong Srimuang, one of the top Yellow Shirt leaders, has suggested that martial law be implemented -- which would hand over most state functions to the military -- and called on the army to stop the protesters on its own if the government would not, warning that otherwise civil war might ensue.

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