The Prime Minister has extended a night-time curfew in the capital and said he will consider early elections only after the violence that has wracked the nation for the past two months is completely over.
Abhisit Vejjajiva accused Red Shirts of planning further mayhem. But he stressed the government was in control and that Bangkok had largely returned to normal. "It is entirely up to me to see when is the most appropriate time to hold the election," he said.
Thousands of Bangkok residents formed squads to clear the streets of mountains of garbage and rubble left by the violence.