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Thai Prime Minister tearfully pleads for protesters’ justice

December 10, 2013, 11:47 UTC+3
Yingluck Shinawatra’s speech was very short and emotional
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra speaks to media during a press conference at the Thai Army Club in Bangkok

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra speaks to media during a press conference at the Thai Army Club in Bangkok


BANGKOK, December 10. /ITAR-TASS /. Acting Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra exhorted justice from demonstrators that continue street protests in Bangkok.

“I plea for justice. We have already retreated,” Shinawatra said, speaking after a cabinet meeting, which was held Tuesday morning in the campus owned by Thai Army. The oppositionists staged another rally near the place of the government’s meeting.

Yingluck Shinawatra’s speech was very short and emotional. Tears could be seen in her eyes. She said she would not leave her post until February 2, when the country would have early election to the National Assembly.

In Thailand, the demonstrators continue to occupy the territory near the Government House in Bangkok, demanding the interim government immediately transfer the power to People's Council, the structure of which should be approved by the king, according to the opposition.

On Monday, protesters left their positions at the buildings formerly occupied by the Ministry of Finance and the government complex in Chaengwattana. The occupation of administrative buildings lasted almost two weeks. Demonstrators’ leader Suthep Thaugsuban requires Thai interim government to resign until the end of the day, and to replace it by an unelected People's Council, which the opposition proposed to create in order to reform the political system. Thaugsuban urged his backers not to return home for at least three days until the “complete victory of people's revolution”. Tuesday is a holiday in Thailand in observance of Constitution Day.

The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej on December 9 approved a decree dissolving the country’s National Assembly (Parliament) that was sent to him by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The monarch also approved the date of new elections — February 2, 2014. From that moment, the country’s parliament is deemed dissolved, and the government automatically goes into acting status until new election. The dissolution of the parliament was a response of Thai authorities to opposition protests that continue rallying in Bangkok for more than a month.

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