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article imageThailand's Prime Minister warns of more violence in the country

By Leo Reyes     Aug 4, 2010 in Politics
Thailand's Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejajjiva, is warning the public that more violent attacks are likely to happen after a former soldier was arrested in connection with the recent attacks, including the bombing in the capital city.
Thailand's authorities have been under heavy pressure from the business community in connection with the continuing street rallies by "Red Shirt" activists who are protesting against the prime minister and his government.
"There remains a group of people who want to employ violence," Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters, adding that there was not specific information about where attacks could occur. "We must be vigilant."
As AP reports:
Two grenades exploded in separate attacks in downtown Bangkok late last month, which killed one bystander and wounded 11. There have been no claims of responsibility and protesters accused pro-government forces of staging the attacks to justify the emergency decree, which bans protests and allows authorities to hold suspects without charge.
Bangkok Metropolitan Police held a news conference Wednesday to announce the arrest of 23-year-old ex-soldier Soratean Singkanya, a supporter of the anti-government Red Shirt protesters, whom they accuse of possible links to the recent bombings and others.
The protesters who are mostly supporters of the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra were demanding the Thai parliament be dissolved and new elections take place. They also called for the resignation of Vejajjiva, saying the incumbent prime minister took power illegally.
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