BANGKOK EASES ACTION VS. PROTESTERS
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha acknowledged that the country cannot keep using excessive force against protesters and said he intended to withdraw an emergency decree cracking down on pro-democracy protests. But the protesters appeared unmoved by his words, the New York Times reported.
In his address, delivered as thousands of demonstrators marched on government office buildings, the prime minister urged them to resolve their differences through a mediation by Parliament. The proposal is unlikely to satisfy protesters, our correspondent writes.
After the address, they hand-delivered a resignation letter to a police commander for Mr. Prayuth to sign. A young man called out to the crowd over a megaphone, “Are we backing down?” “No!” the crowd shouted.
“We must now step back from the edge of the slippery slope that can easily slide to chaos, where all sides lose control of the situation,” Mr. Prayuth said.