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26 February 2008 :: 12:02:58 pm 28951

Anti-Thaksin Alliance Reactivates

BANGKOK, Feb 25 - Members of the People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Monday announced its reactivation and vowed to renew its fight against any unscrupulous behaviour by the government which it branded as a proxy administration of the deposed Thaksin administration.
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The PAD, a staunch opponent of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, suspended its movement after claiming success in expelling Thaksin from the premiership in 2006. The ex-premier has been in self-exile abroad since the September 2006 coup that toppled his administration.

PAD spokesman Suriyasai Katasila said the alliance would carry out its movement in every possible manner to fight against Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej who is a proxy for Mr. Thaksin.

“In the past, the PAD has never objected Mr. Thaksin’s return to the country. Now that ‘Thaksinocracy’ has interfered in the justice system, the PAD will oppose his return especially as long as there are attempts to dominate and interfere in the justice system,” Mr. Suriyasai said, quoting resolutions reached by leading PAD members.

A seven-point resolution was reached after a tense meeting of key PAD members including Maj-Gen. Chamlong Srimuang, Sondhi Limthongkul, Somsak Kosaisuk, Pipob Thongchai and Somkiat Pongpaibul, all of them the driving forces behind the anti-Thaksin movement before the 2006 coup.

The government has lately threatened the mass media and interfered in the justice system with the transfer of Director General Sunai Manomai-udom of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to rid him from corruption investigation against the former prime minister and his family, the PAD spokesman said.

Mr. Suriyasai added that the PAD executives would meet every week to evaluate the situation.

PAD leading member Pipob Thongchai said the renewal of the alliance would not necessarily lead to a political unrest but “we will launch our movement if the justice system is interfered after Mr. Thaksin’s return to the country.”

Maj-Gen. Chamlong Srimuang, another PAD member, said, “We are here today to show our stand and tell the public to be prepared. We don’t want any disunity in the country. We still give the government a chance to work for the people, and not for Mr. Thaksin and his family.”

Meanwhile, Pracha Prasopdee, Samut Prakan MP of the People Power Party and former key member of anti-coup alliance, vowed to mobilise his supporters to rally against the anti-Thaksin demonstration. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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