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01 April 2009 :: 13:04:05 pm 27878

Deputy Pm Asks UDD Protesters to Comply With Court Order

BANGKOK, April 1 - Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban asked the anti-government protesters led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to comply with a court order to stop blocking the entrances to Government House and let Cabinet ministers and other officials access to work in the compound.
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The Civil Court late Tuesday issued an injunction for the red-shirted protesters to lift their blockade of the Government House compound to open way for officials to work in the premises and also to stop using loudspeakers during daily 8.30-16.30 office hours.

The Office of the Prime Minister’s Office Permanent Secretary petitioned the civil court for the injunction to allow access to Government House through gates six and eight.

One leader of the so-called UDD Red Shirts, Jatuporn Prompan, said the UDD will appeal the injunction.

Mr. Suthep said he hoped the officials and ministers could enter Government House for their work.

“I call on the protesters and their leaders to realise (the damage) to the country’s image, the well-being of the nation and the people’s benefit. All parties should observe the law. I ask the protesters to comply with the court order,”  Mr. Suthep said, “but the protests could continue around the Government House compound, and the other three or four roads surrounding the prime minister’s office area,” he said.

The deputy prime minister declined to answer regarding likely next steps if the protesters resist the court injunction, saying that he did not want to respond to pessimistic questions as every Thai has the responsibility to comply with the law.

The government has no plan to arrest the UDD leaders as long as they use their rights to protest against government within the limits of the law.

As for the Red Shirt group’s plan to stage a mass rally in what they said is a “do-or-die” demonstration next Thursday, Mr. Suthep said the government is trying its best to prevent any kind of violence.

The government would apply the utmost patience in dealing with the protesters, he pledged. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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