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Red shirts to stage major rally next month

Posted by Rattana_S On April - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikua, who is also secretary-general of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said the UDD would call a major rally on Aksa road in Nakhon Pathom in a show of force next month.

The rally will be held in response to a ruling by the Constitutional Court on whether caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra violated the charter over the unlawful transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri.

He said the UDD would hold a sit-in protest and the group would decide later whether the rally would be prolonged, depending on the situation and whether they feel the court verdict is fair or not.

“We are ready to hold a month-long protest but not as long as six to seven months like the anti-government protest of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee,” he said.

Meanwhile, PDRC chief Suthep Thaugsuban will make an announcement at 7pm on Wednesday April 30 on its stage at Lumpini Park, about its “last” attempt to bring down the caretaker government.

Jatuporn kicks off red-shirt rally at Utthayan Road

Posted by Nuttapon_S On April - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Jatuporn Promphan, the chairman of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, officially kicked off the red-shirt rally at the Utthayan Road at 5 pm Saturday.

He addressed the red-shirt people on the stage together with Nuttawut Saikuar and Thida Thawornset.

Jatuporn said the Utthayan Road was filled up with red-shirt people since 5 pm while many more were travelling to join the demonstration.

He said the rest of red shirts should arrive by 10 or 11 pm.

He said the red shirts would show their force to warn the elites against seizing power.

At 6 pm, Jautporn and other UDD leaders led the demonstrators to sing the national anthem and showed their citizen identification cards to prove that they are not workers or immigrants from neighbouring countries as alleged by their opponents.

BANGKOK, April 4 – Combined forces of 3,000 police and army personnel are being deployed to provide security as the red shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) is set to hold a mass rally in tomorrow, according to the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO).

CAPO told a media briefing that 19 companies amounting to 3,000 police and soldiers will be deployed in three main areas, including Buddhamonthon Sai 3, Buddhamonthon Sai 4 and Thaweewattana district, as the red shirts will gather on Aksa Road in Nakhon Pathom, west of Bangkok.

The CAPO operations will cover the joint patrol team of police and soldiers, as well as the setup of security checkpoints to scan for suspicious persons, ammunitions, and vehicles.

The CAPO also prepares rapid response units and medical teams on standby.

On the same day, the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led by Suthep Thaugsuban, will meet with leaders of their movement nationwide in Bangkok to map out the next move to achieve their objective of national reform before a general election.

The CAPO said the number of security personnel now being deployed to monitor the PDRC protest will remain the same.

The centre however urged the leaders of two movements to adhere to peaceful gatherings and avoid any confrontation, while the public were advised to refrain from joining the political demonstrations for their safety.

CAPO added it will not hold a press briefing until Monday, but a “war room” will be set up to closely monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, the UDD spokesman Thanawut Vichaidit said the group is ready for their rally tomorrow, with about 700,000 protesters expected to join to show the power of the  red shirts.

He pledged that the gathering will be peaceful and unarmed. There will be no confrontation, he said, in part because Aksa Road is also very far from the PDRC protest site. (MCOT online news)

Suthep: too early to lobby for a neutral premier

Posted by Nuttapon_S On March - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
BANGKOK, March 25 – Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said today that he had never approached anyone to assume the interim premiership as the time is not ripe for the move.
The secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) said the PDRC will not join talks with the Election Commission (EC) on the resolution of Thailand’s political conflicts.
Pro-government group of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) or Red Shirts  leader Nattawut Saikua has disclosed a list of people whom he claimed were candidates for an interim prime minister to replace Ms Yingluck Shinawatra in case she is indicted in connection with the rice pledging scheme.
Mr Suthep said the PDRC has never approached anyone to become an interim prime minister and the Red Shirt’s list of names derived from its own imagination.
“We haven’t moved to that process as we have yet to remove the Thaksin regime. The prime minister must resign after which a search for a neutral premier will start,” he said.
The former deputy prime minister said the PDRC will definitely not attend any negotiation except for a face-to-face talk with the prime minister broadcast live on television.
The PDRC has stressed its stand for national reform before an election, he said, adding that a new general election will be useless given voters’ poor response to the Senate’s advance election on Sunday.
The Constitution Court has annulled the Feb 2 general election, compelling the EC to organise new balloting nationwide. (MCOT online news)

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