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23 November 2010 :: 15:11:25 pm 46488

PAD ‘Yellow Shirts’ begin anti-charter amendment rally

BANGKOK, Nov 23 - The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), Thailand's Yellow Shirt movement, began their rally at Parliament Tuesday morning in opposition to the draft charter amendments scheduled for deliberation during the current joint sitting of Parliament during the period and pledged to continue its protest there until all amendments have been withdrawn or rejected.
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PAD leader retired Thai army and former Bangkok governor Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang led Yellow Shirt supporters to gather at Parliament at 8am.


Gen Chamlong said the government should conduct a referendum on any charter amendment and that the drafts which will be considered today did not pass through any public referendum, but were only approved by the Cabinet.

PAD coordinator Suriyasai Katasila said earlier that the group would convene at U-Thong Nai Road, beside the Parliamant and expected some 10,000 supporters would turn up.

He said that the entire PAD leaders–including Sondhi Limthongkul, Phiphob Thongchai, Somsak Kosaisuk and Somkeit Pongpaibul–would join the rally.


The PAD will not close the entrance to Parliament but could not state clearly whether the roads would be blocked or not, he said, as it depended on the numbers of demonstrators.

The group did not plan to stay overnight at the Parliament but would regroup each morning during the debate and disperse when the session is closed, Mr Suriyasai said.

Metropolitan Police Bureau spokesman Pol Maj-Gen Piya Uthayo said 20 companies of police were prepared to maintain law and order at Parliament.

He said four companies of police were deployed at Parliament while six companies were ready to support within one hour and the additional ten companies were standing by.

Gen Piya said Metropolitan Police Division 1 commander Pol Maj-Gen Vichai Sangprapai will head a police negotiation team and has initially discuss with the PAD representatives on the scope of the rally as Bangkok is still under the emergency decree.


On Nov 16, the Cabinet agreed with the results of the study by the committee for political reform and charter amendment, chaired by Prof Sombat Thamrong-thanyawong, President of the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), that Article 190 requiring parliamentary approval for any treaty to be signed with other countries and Articles 93 and 98 on amending the electoral system.

As the government’s two charter amendment drafts will be considered in the joint sitting of Parliament tomorrow, the action paves the way for two other drafts proposed earlier for consideration, one proposed in 2008 by the People’s Committee for Amending the 2007 Constitution led by UDD leader Weng Tojirakarn, similar to the now scrapped 1997 Constitution, and another proposed by 102 MPs of coalition parties led by the Bhumjaithai Party. (MCOT online news)

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