Thailand's leader takes a stand

Thailand's leader is indicating he will continue to take a tough line against the Red Shirt protesters.

Some had expected a grand gesture of announcing immediate elections after the army crushed months of protests. But the prime minister says new elections can be considered only after violence and protests end completely.

Two months of turmoil left at least 85 people dead and deeply divided the country.

Under Thai law, elections aren't required until December 2011.

The Thai capital was gripped with its worst political violence in decades during the Red Shirt occupation of downtown Bangkok. It culminated in a military crackdown that sparked a rampage by Red Shirt supporters. They launched grenade attacks and set fire to landmark buildings.


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