Bangkok. Thailand’s opposition leader requested police protection after his car was blocked from entering a party gathering by a crowd of pro-government demonstrators, reports said Sunday.
Democrat Party leader and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he abruptly canceled an appearance at the Taiwan Association of Thailand to avoid a violent clash with the demonstrators.
“The party must talk to General Adul [Saengsingkaew] over how police can take issue measures to keep law and order, so we can have a democratic society and political parties can fully carry out activities,” The Nation newspaper quoted Abhisit as saying.
The Democrats accused the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who replaced Abhisit as prime minister last year, of failing to protect opposition politicians and members of the judiciary from fanatical government supporters.
Many of those supporters have demanded prosecution of Democrat leaders and members of the military for their role in the political upheavals in 2010 in which 91 people died and more than 2,000 were injured.