Thai army chief warns military 'may use force' if unrest continues

Thai anti-government protesters face off with Airforce military as they storm a meeting venue between Government and Election Commission at the Air Force auditorium in Bangkok on May 15, 2014. Thailand's army chief warned on Thursday that the mi
Thai anti-government protesters face off with Airforce military as they storm a meeting venue between Government and Election Commission at the Air Force auditorium in Bangkok on May 15, 2014. Thailand's army chief warned on Thursday that the military may "use force" if political violence escalates in a six-month crisis which has left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded.  -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's army chief warned on Thursday that the military may "use force" if political violence escalates in a six-month crisis which has left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded.

"If violence continues the military may need to come out... to restore peace and order," General Prayut Chan-O-Cha said in rare official statement, adding that his troops "may need to use force to resolve the situation".

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