Pattaya Daily News

20 October 2008 :: 14:10:36 pm 41095

Pad Rallies at Central World; Udd At Police Hq; Drivers, Shoppers Caught in Traffic

BANGKOK, Oct 20 -- Traffic nearly came to a halt Monday morning in Bangkok‘s shopping heart as the People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) carried its message of police violence to Bangkok‘s shopping heart, hundreds of demonstrators converged on Central World shopping mall distribute leaflets and video discs with their point of view -- critical of the bloody police crackdown against demonstrators nearly two weeks ago, according to a PAD core leader.
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The anti-government coalition started their rally at Central World, the former World Trade Center diagonally opposite Bangkok’s landmark Erewan Shrine, near national police headquarters, to distribute VCDs and leaflets to passers-by regarding the police crackdown at Parliament on October 7.

Meanwhile, the pro-government group National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) gathered at national police headquarters calling on police nationwide to join the effort to prevent the military from staging a coup as it believed that the PAD was trying to bring about a coup.

Two six-wheel soundtrucks supported PAD leaders Somsak Kosaisuk and Savit Kaeowan who egged on the PAD protest faithful with loudspeakers telling shopping-minded Bangkokians and tourists alike their version of the PAD-police encounter two weeks ago.

The rally snarled traffic on Rajprasong Road, and affected nearby trafffic arteries, including Rama I Road.

After Friday’s protest when PAD toured Bangkok’s business district, Monday’s demonstration moved up Ploenchit Road passing Central Chitlom and Wireless Road heading for Sukhumvit Road to distribute its propaganda to passers-by on both sides of the road.

The PAD said their VCDs and leaflets showed the police had used excessive force against the protesters on October 7, when two persons died and about 400 others were injured during the day-long clashes.

Last Friday, the PAD marched through the Silom and Sathorn business districts, passing out their VCDs and leaflets to passers-by in Bangkok’s primary business corridor. Another PAD core leader, Pipop Thongchai, earlier reasserted that his group distrusted the government-appointed committee now probing on the causes of the October 7 incidents due to reports that the government tried to intervene and remove some of the ‘straightforward’ committee members.

Mr. Pipop said the PAD trusted the findings of the National Human Rights Commission, a respected neutral body, which announced Friday that the government was responsible for having given the order to disperse, while the police were responsible for carrying out the action.

The PAD, Mr. Pipop said, would rather entrust an independent investigative committee which could be set up by Parliament and be comprised of members of the House of Representatives and senators, including the Opposition.(TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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