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31 October 2008 :: 16:10:09 pm 40680

Pad Tightens Security at Protest Site, Ready to Talk to Pm

BANGKOK, Oct 31 - The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) stepped up its protection procedures after its security guard tent was attacked early Thursday morning, saying it is ready to untangle the problem through bilateral talks only with the government.
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PAD core leader Chamlong Srimuang said that the Peoples’ Alliance had heightened its security precautions after the grenade attack at its Makawan Rangsan Bridge protest venue. Sand embankments have been reinforced there although the rally site there was largely abandoned, with only a token number of protesters occupying the site.

“I’ve heard about a planned attempt to attack PAD leaders and coordinators,” Gen. Chamlong said, “but I’m not afraid of it. When we step out of our houses, death can come to us anytime.”

The PAD core leader also called for the Army to deploy personnel to prevent a possible clash between the PAD protesters and the pro-government United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) demonstrators who plan a mass gathering Saturday at what they are calling a ‘mobile political talk show’, “Kwam Jing Wan Nee” (The Truth Today).

The ‘mobile’ show is scheduled at a non-mobile site, Rajamangala Stadium at Huamark near Ramkhamhaeng University where ousted prime minister Thaksin is expected to Telephone perhaps 100,000 of his supporters on Saturday.

Gen. Chamlong said the PAD would pay allowances to provost guards if the Army agrees with their request.

He said the Peoples’ Alliance is ready to hold talks with the government only, believing it to be a waste of time to hold talks with several sides. The talks with Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat can be productive, he added.

Meanwhile, speaking about the “provisional government“, proposed by former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, PAD core leader Pipop Thongchai said that the anti-government protest coalition thought it could be acceptable, but the prime minister must not be Somchai Wongsawat, as he has lost legitimacy to rule the country by not accepting responsibility for this month’s street violence.

The protest coalition has also tightened security at its protest site at Government House. Tires and steel fencing barricades have been used to shield the protest site and PAD guards conduct thorough searches on people who join the protest. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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