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08 October 2009 :: 07:10:30 am 7591

Pad Threatens New Street Protest Against Charter Amendment

BANGKOK, Oct 7 (TNA) - The People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Wednesday threatened to renew its mass street protest against any attempt by the Democrat-led coalition government to amend the Constitution.
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The PAD, the so-called Yellow Shirts, expressed the group’s consensus on their stance against amending the charter as they gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of last year’s October 7 police crackdown which resulted in the death of two PAD protesters and wounding of some 130 others.

The PAD supporters marched from the Royal Plaza where they performed religious ceremonies for the October 7 victims to the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road in the afternoon.

The group’s key leaders asked their supporters to voice their opinions whether they want to rally against the Democrat-led coalition government’s move to amend the Constitution. The PAD supporters then shouted with loud cheers in support of a new mass protest.

The PAD leaders however will later discuss their common stand and the rally date.

Meanwhile, top PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul, this week elected to lead the movement’s New Politics Party (NPSP), said during Wednesday’s PAD ceremony that his decision to enter politics does not mean that he cannot be replaced.

He said he was not worried by the pending libel cases against him as he is not a person who clings to a role and it would not be difficult for the party to find a replacement for him.

Mr Sondhi said that at first he disagreed with the idea to form a political party, but he changed his mind as he felt disappointed with the Democrat Party.

“I have changed my mind as most of PAD supporters wanted me to take this position and we will use our New Politics Party as a political tool,” said Mr Sondhi.

The PAD played a pivotal role in the movement to topple the Thaksin Shinawatra government–and two successive governments which the movement accused of being Mr Thaksin’s proxies—and helped pave the way for the Democrat Party led by Abhisit Vejjajiava to rise to power.

He also led the Yellow Shirt demonstrators to seize the country’s two main airports last year and has been fighting a flurry of lawsuits, along with other PAD leaders. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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