Thai deputy PM believes no coup in the country 2009-04-12 23:04:03   Print

    BANGKOK, April 12 (Xinhua) --- Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said Sunday night he was confident that there would not be a coup.

    He said the government declared the state of emergency in time to control the situation after the red-shirted movement planned to create political disturbances.

    Trucks carrying soldiers were seen out on the streets in Bangkok after Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday afternoon declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and districts in five nearby provinces, citing need to curb escalating violence by anti-government protesters, or known as the "red-shirt people" in Thailand.

    The army, navy and air forces will deploy 56 companies of soldiers to help police protect key government offices in the provinces, which are under the state of emergency, according to a report on The Nation news website.

    Suthep, as deputy PM in charge of security matters, was tasked to be responsible for enforcing the emergency decree.

    The red-shirt people, who wanted the Abhisit government out and supported former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a military coup on Sept. 19, 2006, on Saturday stormed the venue for the April 10-12 ASEAN and related summits in Pattaya, a resort city some 150 kilometers from Bangkok, prompting the host government to cancel the summits and imposed a state of emergency for six hours in the Pattaya city and the Chonburi province where it belongs.

    The protesters on Sunday morning went on to besiege Government House and a few ministries' office buildings, and clashed with security persons. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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