Pattaya Daily News

24 March 2009 :: 19:03:49 pm 27945

Anti-Government Protesters to Hold in Pattaya

Pattaya, this evening [24 march 2009] Police in Pattaya are on alert as anti-government?supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will hold a fund-raising party and convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will phone-in at 8.30 pm.
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At the Pattaya Meung 7 school, more than 3,000 chairs have been reserved for attendees, organizers expect about 10,000 people to attend.

A large platform has been set up on the grounds of the school where the party is being held.

UDD core leaders will attend the party and Mr. Thaksin is scheduled to telephone to the event and talk to his supporters at about 8.30pm.

Police checkpoints are screening for weapons and persons who might create disturbances at the party, police said.
UDD supporters are requested not to bring any alcoholic drinks for consumption during the party which is held within a the school premises.


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BANGKOK, March 24 – Despite a warning by Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul that provincial governors who fail to prevent local residents from joining a mass rally of anti-government protesters in the capital on Thursday and Friday will be transferred to inactive posts, a protester leader said many people will march, but they won?t use violence, except for throwing eggs.

Red Shirt protesters from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) are to gather at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang and then march to Government House Friday in a bid to oust Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

“It’s expected that many people will participate in the rally,” according to Natthawut Saikuea, a UDD core leader.

Asked whether government directives upcountry to prevent UDD supporters in the provinces from joining the Bangkok protest would work, Mr. Natthawut said he believed that the number of protesters would increase instead.

He said the UDD activists will refrain from using violence, except for throwing eggs.

The protesters have said they will demonstrate at Government House where the prime minister?s offices are located, Mr. Natthawut.

The UDD leader is confident of a large protester turnout, and senior Bangkok police officers held a two-hour meeting with representatives of the First Army Region which is responsible for security in Bangkok and the central provinces and liaison with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

3,300 police officers and 6,000 military personnel will be deployed at Government House and other government offices around-the clock on those days. The first group of police and military will be dispatched to Government House on Wednesday.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Politics News

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