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14 May 2009 :: 11:05:09 am 27229

Anti-Govt Protesters to Hold Events Marking Black May Anniversary

BANGKOK, May 14- Anti-government protesters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will hold four days of speeches and a parade in the Thai capital, starting Friday, to mark the 17th anniversary of Bloody May in 1992.
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Major events to be held during the period include a plan to destroy and burn deposit books of Bangkok Bank by UDD members on Saturday in protest against the bank which the UDD charges that it has supported the present coalition government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

On Sunday morning, Buddhist religious rites will be held at the Democracy Monument to be followed by a candle-lit procession in memory of people who were killed during Bloody May.

Hundreds of people were killed and many remain missing after the military in May 1992 under the government of then prime minister Gen. Suchinda Kraprayoon opened fire on demonstrators calling for his resignation who had seized power in a bloodless coup. The bloody massacre ended after His Majesty the King intervened and Gen. Suchinda resigned from his short-lived premiership.

Also, UDD leaders are organising a dinner event on May 23 to raise funds for their movement as well as launching a Thai-language weekly newspaper called the “Red News”. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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