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31 May 2008 :: 14:05:48 pm 28690

Anti-Government Activists to Meet After PM Orders Protest Break Up

BANGKOK, May 31 -- Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej ordered an anti-government protest, organised by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), to break up Saturday, and core leaders of the protest movement are meeting to decide their next steps.
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In a nationally televised speech, Mr. Samak said the protestors–who have been proesting since last Sunday –had created troubles for other people. Police and soldiers are now on the standby and the demonstrators must leave the area “within today”, said Mr. Samak, stressing that he would not yield to protesters’ demands.

Meanwhile, PAD core leaders said after hearing Mr. Samak’s speech that they would meet Saturday afternoon to confer on their next moves. The PAD had earlier demanded the impeachment of government MPs and senators who had endorsed the government’s plan to amend the 2007 constitution.

The government’s motion to amend the charter, written by military-appointed legal and constitutional experts, was automatically dropped on Friday after more senators withdrew their support for the charter rewrite motion, and automaticatically lost legal status.

 

But the People Power Party, led by Mr. Samak, vowed that it would renew its bid to rewrite the charter and collect signatures of supporting MPs later.The PAD protesters and supporters have now demanded that the coalition government resign, charging it with being a puppet government under the direction of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

They also said they would move the site of protest–now near the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific offices–to nearby Government House where the prime minister sits. (TNA)

 

 

  

 
Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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