Thai army may resort to force to end mass protest

BANGKOK Wed May 12, 2010 12:30am EDT

BANGKOK May 12 (Reuters) - The Thai military may use force to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters if shutting off power and cutting off supplies fails to end their mass street demonstration in central Bangkok, said an army spokesman.

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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