Thai army limits water, electricity in Bangkok protest zone

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 12, 2010 09:34

BANGKOK — The Thai government turned to siege tactics Wednesday after fruitless efforts to compromise with protesters barricaded in central Bangkok, announcing that the army would limit supplies of water, food and electricity to the protest zone.

Army spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said security forces would "not use force at this stage," but his wording left open the possibility of more violence in Thailand's two-month political standoff if the Red Shirt protesters refuse to disperse.

"This is a full-scale measure to limit the freedom of protesters and to close down the area 100 percent, starting at midnight," Sansern said.

"Electricity and water supply, as well as food, will be limited," Sansern added, warning that residents who live in the neighborhood's upmarket high-rise apartments should consider alternate accommodations.


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