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26 December 2008 :: 00:12:09 am 39638

‘Red-Shirts‘ Vow to Protest Until Pm Dissolves House

BANGKOK, Dec 25 - The anti-government "Red-Shirts" on Thursday vowed to gather one day before the government policy statement is delivered at Parliament and to protest indefinitely until Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dissolves the House of Representatives as the group distrusts the prime minister to run the country.
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Leaders of the red-clad pro-Thaksin Shinawatra group, the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and the TV talk show programme hosts of ‘Truth Today’, a programme which was recently removed from state-run television NBT, affirmed that they would hold a peaceful mass protest against the Democrat-led coalition government.

Key UDD leader and veteran politician Veera Musikapong, a Truth Today host, said the mass protest would be held at Sanam Luang on Sunday from 3pm. The aim of the gathering is to show their disapproval of the newly-appointed premier who, Mr. Veera accused, evaded conscription into military service.

The government will present its policy to Parliament on Monday and Tuesday (December 29-30).

“Mr. Abhisit is not qualified for the premiership as he avoided military conscription. His behaviour violates the constitutional law and the UDD can’t trust him to lead the country,” Mr. Veera said.

Referring to reported attempts to prevent UDD members in the provinces to join the Bangkok rally this weekend, Jatuporn Prompan, another ‘Truth Today’ host and a Puea Thai Party MP, said that the blockades cannot stop the anti-government UDD from protesting.

A third ‘Truth Today’ host, Nattawut Saikuea, who was a government spokesman for the Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat administrations, said that the group would adopt new strategy to fight against the Abhisit government. House dissolution is the only target of the group, he said.

Mr. Nattawut said some UDD will rally at Parliament Monday but will not use the same methods that the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) used against the previous governments, particularly the seizure of Government House.

The UDD will focus on the draft-dodger issue, the appointment of PAD-related Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, and the funding of the Democrat Party.

“We will set up a new structure for the Red-Shirts,” Mr. Nattawut said. “There will be a red-shirted legal expert team to handle lawsuits, red-shirted medics to take care of members well-being, and a team of red-shirted academics to provide useful advice.”

In early 2009, the UDD plans to protest in every province and distribute its information to members worldwide.

In response to the UDD rally at Sanam Luang Sunday and Parliament on Monday, police plan to maintain security for members of parliament attending the two-day policy statement session.

Police officers thoroughly inspected the Parliament premises in order to prepare exits for MPs in case of any blockade. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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