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Global support for Thailand strong, says Surapong

Surapong Tohvichakchaikul, in his capacity as chief of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), claimed on Wednesday that 50 countries have expressed concern at the political chaos in Thailand.

"This marks the first time in the global community that 50 countries have expressed their support to a country. The countries have issued statements between December and today in support of Thailand. They do not want Thailand to go at astray," he said.

"They want all parties in Thailand to initiate dialogue to settle the problems and say they should abide by the constitution and democratic system.

The latest countries to release statements were India and Sri Lanka. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has also expressed his support.

He insisted that he is not using the foreign countries to put pressure on the ongoing anti-government protests. "However I want to warn the protesters that any actions that go against democracy will send the country backwards," he said.

He considered as an act of hooliganism the protesters' plan to march to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's residence. Police have already been alerted to provide protection.

Surapong claimed that he would have letters sent to the United Nations and human rights organisations to explain what he claims are violation of human rights by the protesters.

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