Calls for end to stalemate

Calls for end to stalemate

BANGKOK - Calls emerged on Wednesday for all the parties involved in the current round of political conflict to come together and attempt to find a way out for the country.

Some academics suggested a dissolution of the House of Representatives or the resignation of the prime minister.

The calls for a solution came as the anti-government protesters laid siege to government offices in the capital for a third day Wednesday.

The protesters besieged many ministries, calling on officials to join forces to help root out what they called the "Thaksin regime". These included the ministries of Industry, Energy, Labour, Public Health, Commerce, Natural Resources and Environment, Social Development and Human Security, Science and Culture.

The protesters Wednesday continued to occupy the Finance Ministry and the Government Complex.

Respected social critic Prawase Wasi said the current political situation was so volatile it could lead to chaos and turmoil. He called on the government, the opposition and the protesters to come together and find a solution for the country.

"All parties involved have to help prevent violence," he said.

Prawase called on the parties involved to hold talks to prevent the country from heading towards disaster, and urged them to sign an agreement for a peaceful solution to the crisis.

"We should not allow more lives to be lost. There should be no repetition of violence," he said.

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