Coalition party leaders hold urgent meeting
Leaders of coalition parties are holding an urgent meeting to evaluate political situation after Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej thretened to use forces to end the rally.
Pue Pandin Party leader Suwit Khunkitti and Chart Thai Party leader Banharn Silapa-archa already arrived at the restuarant.
It is still unclear whether Samak, as leader of People Power Party, will join the meeting.
Meanwhile police have tried to ask protesters to move to a new location and try their best not to use force to disperse the rally, Channel 7 reported.
The station said the top police officers resolved to talk to the leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy to change the rally location intead of using force against the protesters.
Deputy police spokesman Pol Maj Gen Surapol Thuanthong said police were talking to the leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy to help them relocate to a new rally site.
Surapol said police offered to help them move the stage and al belongings of the protesters to a new site of their choice.
He said the PAD could continue their rally at the People's Ground at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's head office, Chatuchak Park or Lumpini Park.
The spokesman said police would not use force against the protesters because police did not regard them as criminals.
However, if the negotiation fails to come up with an agreement and the protest caused damages to other people, it would be up to the prime minister to decide whether to order police to use force, Surapol said.
The government decided to cancel their plan to use forces to end the rally at Makawan Rangsan Bridge now that it can abort an evil plan to instigate the violence, Interior Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said Saturday.
He claimed that Samak assigned him to talk to the public and to the media.
He said Samak mentioned about use of forces to end the rally during a special television programme on Saturday morning because he received an intelligence report that ill-intentioned people gathered at a law office and planned to throw grenades into the protest.
So the prime minister warned protesters to go home and to use of forces to prevent violence happened, Chalerm claimed.
He gave assurance that the protesters could continue their protest as long as it is conducted under the law.
However the interior minister declined to reveal about the plan and people involving in the plan, saying a doctorate degree holder like him will not take a risk by revealing the names and the place.
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva Saturday warned that more protests would be staged if the government forcefully disperse the protest by the People's Alliance for Democracy.
Abhisit said the use of force against the protesters would prompt many more people to come out to protest.
He said if the government use force against the demonstrators, more violence would occur.
He urged the government to recruit a moderator to help it talk to the PAD leaders and try to end conflicts.