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Thai capital remains tense as protesters threaten to set up another rally site

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Police and security officers put up metal barricades around the Bangkok Bank head office and the CP Tower building on Silom Road, a busy business district in Bangkok, on Sunday, local media reported.

The security was beefed up on reports that red-shirt protesters were planning to rally to Silom Road.

The Emergency Operations Command responded to the proposal by saying it would not allow the protesters to set up a rally site on the business road.

Earlier, a protest leader said all the 24 leaders of the red shirts will surrender themselves to police in mid-May.

Thai security forces failed in an attempt to arrest several protest leaders they blame for deadly clashes with soldiers last week as demonstrators sought to consolidate their presence in Bangkok’s commercial heart.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, addressing the country Friday for the first time since April 10, after 23 people were killed in a failed attempt to clear a demonstration site, said army chief Anupong Paojinda has been appointed as the new emergency handling chief.



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