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    City shutdown feared

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    Tens of thousands of protesters assembled on Monday for "one last protest march" to block highways, Bangkok streets and access to Government House to try to force Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and his government out of office.

    PAD supporters have vowed to block major roads leading to Bangkok while PAD demonstrators in Bangkok plan to lay siege to Government House.

    The demonstration may focus on Government House, in attempt to force a confrontation when Mr Samak and ministers hold their weekly cabinet meeting.

    Mr Samak, in a strongly-worded statement broadcast live on NBTV from Government House, called for the public to exercise discretion and pledged security forces would try to prevent violence.

    The prime minister asked the PAD not to resort to violence, saying that the government will itself exercise restraint and try its best to maintain law and order. He vowed to take legal action if the PAD goes beyond the limits of the law.

    He also vowed that "a cabinet meeting will be held as usual tomorrow" (Tuesday).

    He pleaded for public "help to take care of the country," and asked them not tosupport a group of people who have been campaigning for the overthrow of the government.

    PAD members from Bangkok and the 14 southern provinces began to assemble at a gateway to the South on Monday afternoon.

    Protesters said they will seek to block main roads from the North, Northeast, eastern provinces and the South. If there is any resistance or clashes, "reinforcements" will join the battle.

    Politicians from all sides rallied around the government.

    Abhisit Vejjajiva, the opposition and Democrat party leader, said he believed Mr Samak would not resign and he did not see why the prime minister would yield to the PAD’s demands.

    "The government has not done anything wrong or malign to the country," he said.

    Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart said the government believes the PAD will not go beyond limits and bring the country’s administration or economy to a halt by laying siege to Government House or blocking roads in all regions.

    Maj-Gen Sanan warned the PAD to be careful, saying certain elements could stage an untoward incidents to incite unrest and a coup.

    The prime minister said he is ready to accept the outcome of all legal cases against him and vowed not to cause any damage to the country, adding that he is ready to leave his post through the right channels, not by pressure from any group.

    In his statement Mr Samak also strongly criticised the media for having too pessimistic an attitude against him.

    Late Monday afternoon, PAD supporters had arrived at Makkhawan Rangsan bridge from the provinces to prepare for the Tuesday rally.

    Pol Lt-Gen Aswin Kwanmuang, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said police will be deployed to provide security, maintain law and order and facilitate traffic flow. The police will not obstruct the PAD march, which is expected to be peaceful he said.

    Supachai Jaisamut, the Interior Ministry spokesman, said the ministry has coordinated with the Royal Thai Police Office and other security agencies to ensure law and order. Authorities concerned will not obstruct the PAD march, he said.

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