BANGKOK, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej
said on Monday that those who break the law by doing violent activities during
their street protests will be faced with legal action by the police.
Samak said that his cabinet's weekly meeting will take place as usual on
Tuesday despite the threat from the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to lay
siege to the Government House when they have the meeting.
The prime minister said that the government is only obliged to maintain the
law and that the PAD could not blame the government if any untoward incidents
take place during the siege, while at the same time the possibility exists that
those opposed to the PAD may clash head-on with the anti-government protesters,
and third parties sowing unrest could not be ruled out.
According to the Thai News Agency, Samak assured his audience that his
cabinet meeting will be carried out intact, no matter what the anti-government
The democracy protesters have mobilized anti-government demonstrators at
Bangkok's Makkawan Bridge since May 25, and the new moves bring speculation that
the protesters would seal off Phitsanuloke Road on one side of Government House,
bringing traffic to a standstill and pressing his government to resign en masse.
Chamlong Srimuang, one of the five PAD leaders, called on anti-government
demonstrators to gather at Makkawan Bridge at 07:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday
to begin moving to Phitsanuloke Road to lay siege at Government House.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Asawin Khwanmuang was quoted by the
state-run news agency as saying that the police will not stop the PAD protesters
from doing what they had planned to do on Tuesday, including their intended
siege at the seat of Thailand's national government.
More than 1,000 police will be on alert at and around Government House
while fire-fighting equipment and ambulances will be on standby, Asawan said.