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26 April 2009 :: 23:04:13 pm 38091

Government: UDD May Protest Peacefully; Red Shirts Want D-Station On Air

BANGKOK, April 26 - Thailand‘s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday that his government will not obstruct the anti-government demonstrations of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) so long as they are carried out peacefully and under the law.
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At the same time the United Front movement asked the government to ‘return’ the group’s satellite television unit D-Station.

The premier said during his weekly television address Sunday morning that the UDD can continue their protest if they do not violate the law. Mr. Abhisit also said that a committee to consider Constitutional amendments and political reform has been set up in an attempt to restore peace to society.

Mr. Abhisit expressed regret at the death of Army Private Apinob Kruasuk during the recent political turmoil at the home of the First Army Area commander.

Pvt. Apinob was found dead in the night of April 14. His family claimed that he had sent them a brief message stating that “the premier is staying in the First Army Area” before his death.

The commander insisted, however, that the soldier’s death was accidental, saying that he slipped in the toilet and was not related to the premier.

“I’m not ignoring either incident, the prime minister said, “either (Pvt.) Apibob’s death or the case of the bodies of two men found floating in the Chao Phraya River.

An investigation is being conducted to find the cause of death and it will be done transparently, Prime Minister Abhisit said. I’ve assigned the Central Institute of Forensic Science to investigate the cases.

Regarding a rumour that ousted former premier Thaksin Shinwatra is now living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mr. Abhisit said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now communicating with that country, but it is not certain that the former premier is there.

Meanwhile, key UDD leader Nattawut Saikua, released on bail on Friday, said that the United Front looks forward to the meeting of government, opposition and senate whips on Monday to find a way out of the political crisis, but warned that it should be carried out with sincerity.

Mr. Nattawut said that many people joined the UDD Sanam Luang rally Saturday night despite the absence of the top protest leaders and ex-premier Thaksin’s speech. The government must pay attention to them and listen to their demands.

The United Front wants the group’s D-station on the air again, he said, and the government should not restrict freedom of the information of citizens.

D-station president Adisorn Piengkase is using legal means to seek its reopening, Mr. Nattawut said. ?If the government is sincere and wants to reconciliation, it should allow D-Station to broadcast again.

Despite not appearing in political gathering, he said he still supports the movement but will not appear on stage under the terms of bail. He reasserted he has no contact with the UDD’s Jakrapob Penkair who disappeared when his arrest warrant was issued.

Mr. Nattawut said it is Mr. Jakrapob’s right to surrender to the authorities or choose to fight in his own way. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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