Thailand is bracing itself for further unrest after its prime minister spurned a compromise offer to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections.
Security in Bangkok remains high in the wake of recent deadly violence and red shirted anti-government protesters have said they expect a crackdown.
Speaking on national TV, premier Abhisit Vejjajiva remained defiant.
‘‘I have never rejected finding a solution to this political crisis. But it should be understood, the way to resolve this is not through terrorism or the threat of violence. Solutions should not be based on these kind of threats,’‘ Abhisit said.
Abhisist is sticking with an offer to call elections in December and has threatened to retake the shopping area where the supporters of former ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra are holed up.