BANGKOK, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- The government is capable of controlling the situation during the planned "Bangkok shutdown" by protesters next Monday, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said here on Friday, adding people should continue living their lives in the city as usual.
Yingluck said more than 20,000 police and military would be deployed in important areas in Bangkok on that day to maintain peace and order.
She called on all parties to look for ways out of the political crisis through the stage of the government's reform council, which will operate in parallel with the Feb. 2 election.
Yingluck said a general election is necessary, because the country's administration would be disrupted without a House of Representatives, and insisted that she could not step down at this moment as required by law until the new government is in place.
However, Yingluck admitted that she is concerned the "third hand" groups would take this opportunity to incite violence.
On the report that the armed force would act as a mediator in arranging peace talks between the government and the anti- government People's Democratic Reform Committee, Yingluck said she is ready for talks.
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BANGKOK, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, now head of the Thai caretaker government, has expressed fears of a military coup if the massive protest called by the political opposition this week turns out to be violent.
Yingluck expressed her fears after Army Chief Gen. Prayudh Chan- ocha said that the military will dutifully protect civilians of varied political affiliations but at the same time stressed that the military will ensure that nobody will be physically harmed on the streets during the planned "Bangkok shutdown" scheduled for Monday. Full story
Thai academics say no to coup, yes to election
BANGKOK, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- A group of Thai university academics and activists on Friday launched a fresh move against a military coup attempt which, they feared, might possibly occur soon.
Calling themselves a "Two Yeses and Two Noes Network," the academics and activists urged members of the public to express a concerted stand against any street violence which might be followed by a coup as soon as next week. Full story