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Red Shirt government supporters say civil war could come to Thailand

There has been a lot of tension in Thailand since last week

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Pro-government Red Shirt supporters in Thailand have warned that a civil war could be brewing.

During a rally on the western edge of the capital Bangkok on Saturday, the leader of the movement said that the current political situation was unacceptable to Red Shirts.

There has been a lot of tension in Thailand since last week, when the Constitutional Court removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office over a charge of violating the constitution.

Red Shirts, calling Yingluck's removal a "judicial coup" were dealt a second blow when, only a day after Ms Yingluck was removed from office, she was indicted by an anti-corruption agency for negligence over a rice subsidy scheme for farmers that had run up huge losses.

The upper house Senate is expected to impeach her, which would result in a five-year ban from politics. While there is now a chance the country's judiciary and Senate could select a premier, the Red Shirts have said such a move could lead to disaster for the country.

Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan has said installing an unelected prime minister, a demand of the Yellow Shirt opposition, could spark a civil war.

There had been months of protests in Thailand since Yingluck proposed of an amnesty bill that, had it come off, would have pardoned her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin, who was toppled in a coup in 2006, is currently in self imposed exile to avoid a two-year prison sentence.

The attempt to allow Thaksin to re-enter the country without serving a jail sentence riled anti-government protesters who then called for the setting up of a people's council to install a non-elected premier.

Such a move would render the next election, scheduled for July, unnecessary. Jatuporn Prompan has said the Red Shirts will continue to insist on a political solution that includes an election and democracy under the king as head of the state.

Speaking on Saturday, he said: "I want my voice to be heard by the presidents of the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Administrative Court and the Senate. You are going to create a disaster in the nation. You are going to create a serious crisis that could lead to a civil war that no one wants to see."

The Red Shirts have said they will not use violence to fight for democracy but will keep up their protests for as long as necessary to defend the Shinawatra administration.

An election in July would most likely see the Shinawatra family party, the Puea Thai party, receiving most of the votes.> BNN

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