April 12, 2009 / 10:48 AM / 11 years ago

Thai PM warns of tougher action unless protest ends

BANGKOK, April 12 (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told anti-government demonstrators on Sunday to end their protests or face tough measures allowed under a state of emergency that he declared earlier in the capital.

"We want to ask you to stop such action. "It is necessary for the government to adopt the measures allowed in the emergency decree, in order to get the nation back to peace," he said in a televised statement, hours after his car was attacked by demonstrators at the Interior Ministry.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who oversees security matters, also made a statement on television.

"Police and military officers must fully and forcefully carry out their jobs lest more damage is done. Actions must be taken promptly and order be restored as soon as possible. Your superiors and I will take responsibility for all your actions," he said. (Editing by Bill Tarrant)

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