Democrat Party believes influential figures caused clash between PAD and DAAD

September 2nd, 2008 - 2:11 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva (อภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ) called a meeting of Democrat Party members of parliament in order to assess the nation’s current political situation, following a recent clash between the People’s Alliance for Democracy and the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship which resulted in several casualties and the implementation of the 2005 Emergency Decree by the government last night.

Following a 2 hour long discussion, Mr. Abhisit conducted a press conference to announce the Democrat Party’s condolences to the victims of last night’s clash. Mr. Abhisit also said his party believed last night’s incident occurred due to the manipulation of influential figures who wished for violence betweeen PAD and DAAD protesters. The Democrat Party leader also believes that the Prime Minister’s decision to convey full authority to the Army Commander in Chief to handle the nation’s political situation was an attempt to shift responsibility.

Mr. Abhisit adds that, in his capacity as leader of the opposition party, he has no further appeals to the Prime Minister, but affirms that Mr. Samak and the government must take responsibility for recent violent political events. Mr. Abhisit asked the Army Commander in Chief to resolve the nation’s political situation peacefully, justly, and rationally.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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