Thai Protesters Take to Streets to Express Wide-Ranging Grievances

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, speaking from outside Bangkok, has extended emergency security laws around the city for a further week, as tens of thousands of anti-government protesters keep up pressure on him to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections.

"The cabinet considered a proposal from the government's peacekeeping command about the recent situation and saw that it is appropriate to extend the Internal Security Act for another seven days."

"We think it has been an effective tool. Without it I think the situation over the last 7 or 8 days would have been different and therefore we still need this tool to achieve our objective."

"The issues they want to talk about can be discussed. If they want to talk to me, they can. But if they start off by saying they want this - 1,2,3 - they want to dictate who will do the negotiating or dictate the solution, I can't see how the talks can happen."

The Red Shirts have been protesting for a week in Bangkok, as part of their ongoing anti-government demonstration that they hope will lead to the downfall of the current administration.

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