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Thailand's army chief says he will not use emergency powers

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Thailand’s army chief says he won’t use emergency powers invoked by the prime minister to crack down on anti-government protests .

General Anupong Paochinda said the army was “on the people side” and would do everything possible to keep opponents and supporters of the government apart.

Thousands of protesters have barricaded themselves inside the compound of the prime minister office in Bangkok. They’re demanding the resignation of Samak Sundaravej, whom they accuse of corruption and incompetence.

The demonstrations turned violent last night after the government imposed a state of emergency allowing the army to restore control.

Today protest leaders insisted their action would continue. The clashes between pro and anti government factions in Bangkok left one man dead. It was the outbreak of violence since the protests began May.