Thai govt postpones plan to cut power to protesters

BANGKOK Wed May 12, 2010 7:46am EDT

BANGKOK May 12 (Reuters) - Thai authorities postponed a plan announced earlier on Wednesday to shut off power and cut supplies to a central Bangkok district occupied by anti-government protesters, saying they feared the impact on local residents.

"On cutting off water supplies and power, we decided that the protesters will be less affected than residents, so we have postponed it for now," said army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

The authorities have been faced with a dilemma of how to dislodge thousands of protesters, including women and children, from their fortified encampment sprawling across 3 sq km (1.2 sq mile) of Bangkok's main shopping district. (Reporting by Ambika Ahuja; Writing by Jason Szep; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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