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Chalerm expects nightly explosions at PDRC rally sites

Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said Friday that he expected that bomb explosions would become a nightly occurrence at the People's Democratic Reform Committee's rally sites.

Chalerm, the director of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order, was commenting on the two M79 grenade attacks at the PDRC rally site at Chaeng Wattana.

Chalerm indicated the protesters might stage the attacks themselves.

"The government is soft so it's unlikely that violence would occur. Those who want violence are having to create it," Chalerm said.

Chalerm said police wanted to check the scene of the grenade attack but the PDRC security guards would not allow them to enter their ranks.

"Police are ready to go in but if police go in, there will be clashes and I will be criticised for using violence against the protesters," Chalerm said.

He reiterated that the CMPO would try to reclaim the Interior Ministry from protesters by Tuesday.

"If protesters do not leave the ministry, we will have to take legal action against them. I am concerned about the Interior Ministry because it is an important ministry," Chalerm said.

"If we cannot reopen the Interior Ministry after the four-day deadline passes, the CMPO will lose control."


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