Thai PM cancels Russia visit amid crisis

Thai PM cancels Russia visit amid crisis
# 23 May 2010 02:59 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has cancelled a trip to Russia following a successful crackdown on red-shirt protesters, APA reports quoting official website of Press TV.

Abhisit Vejjajiva decided not to go on the three-day visit in order to deal with what he calls one of the worst episodes Thailand has ever faced.

Security forces were patrolling the streets of Bangkok after the government launched a crackdown on Thursday and dispersed opposition protesters, AFP reported on Saturday.

Vejjajiva said in a televised address on Friday that order had been restored in the country.

Eighty-six people have lost their lives and nearly 2,000 others have been wounded since the red-shirts began rallying in March.

A clean-up operation is now underway in Thailand. Bangkok and 23 other provinces are under curfew until Sunday.

The government, meanwhile, is confident that businesses will go back to normal and the economy will survive with banks opening on Monday.

However, the red-shirts say the fight is far from over. The opposition wants Vejjajiva to step down and call early elections.

The red-shirts are mainly the supporters of former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006.