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Military threatens crackdown again

The Council for National Security (CNS) is prepared to declare a state of emergency if anti-government and anti-military protests scheduled for Friday turn violent.

It was at least the third time the junta has threatened to impose the most draconian emergency laws in Thai history on the capital.

The generals previously "requested" a declaration of emergency but the government turned them down.

CNS Spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnert said he was confident that Friday's demonstration would not be violent - but the military would step in as necessary.

The protest at Sanam Luang is sponsored by PTV, the pro-Thaksin satellite TV station. It is their third such rally. The two previous ones were both small and peaceful.

Col Sansern said that security precautions on Friday would be primarily the responbility of police, and that Army troops would not step in unless necessary.

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