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01 February 2009 :: 15:02:30 pm 39251

Anti-Government Demonstrators Disperse After Stating Demands

BANGKOK, Feb 1 - Tens of thousands of anti-Thai government demonstrators dispersed after midnight early Sunday morning after announcing a four-point list of demands and posting their statemant at the main gate of Government House, vowing to return in 15 days if their demands are not met.
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The demonstrators, led by core members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) gathered at Sanam Luang beginning Saturday afternoon to hear protesters’ speeches before marching to Government House shortly after 10pm.

The rally, called by the UDD “Red in the Land,” led ca stream of protesters who pushed through police barricades and finally gather in front of the Government House where they proclaimed their demands and attached their petition to the entrance gate.

UDD core leader Veera Musikapong, one of several key figures in the movement, read a four-point list of demands, calling on the government to take legal action against the leaders of the anti-Thaksin yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who led protesters to occupy Government House and seize both Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports last year, to sack Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.

The current foreign minister is identified by the anti-government UDD as one who had supported the PAD’s acftions in the past and who should therefore, not be eligible for government service now. The UDD also opposes others who were involved with PAD from holding government positions.

The UDD also is backing the movement to amend the Constitution as proposed by Dr. Weng Tojirakarn, key leader of the People’s Committee for Reforming the 2007 Constitutionton or to re-instate the 1997 constitution and to dissolve the current House of Representatives after readopting the 1997 charter.

Mr. Verra aslo posted a copy of their four-point demand on Gate 1 of the Government House, and afterward the protest dispersed.

He added that the UDD will return if their demands are not met within 15 days and threatened that the next protest may be prolonged.

Meanwhile, deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, on Sunday turned down demands by thousands of anti-government protesters demanding that Mr. Abhisit’s government leave office, dissolve Parliament, call new elections, and revise the Constitution.

Mr. Suthep, perhaps the leading insider in Mr. Abhisit’s ruling Democrat party, rejected any possibility of negotiations. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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