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12 February 2011 :: 11:02:26 am 50181

PAD Yellow Shirts rally at Royal Plaza

BANGKOK, Feb 11 -- The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), also known as the Yellow Shirt movement, marched from its rally site at Makkhawan Bridge on Rajdamnorn Nok Avenue to the capital's Royal Plaza to make an oath of allegiance to the monarchy and country at the King Chulalongkorn Equestrian Statue before returning to its rally site.
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Twelve companies of police were deployed along the route to provide security during the Yellow Shirt rally but no violence happened and most police returned to Government House with only a few left near Makkhawan Bridge.

PAD leader Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang led the march to represent Thai nationals to make their patriotic oaths before the King Rama V Equestrian Statue to voluntarily protect Thai territory and to use every means to press for the return of land from Cambodian occupation.


Gen Preecha Iamsuphan, a leading PAD member and a classmate of Gen Chamlong led the protesters in taking the oath.

After making their pledges, they laid roses at the statue before walking back to Makkhawan Bridge.

Before starting the march, the PAD dispatched a convoy of four trucks to transport relief supplies for villagers who fled the border clashes at Kantharalak district in Si Sa Ket.

PAD spokesman Panthep Puapongphan told reporters that the PAD would have two activities today, to perform the pledge of allegiance and to send off aid to the people of Si Sa Ket, but had no plan to move their protest to Parliament or any government offices.


The PAD, encamped at Makkhawan Bridge for 18 days, are demanding Thailand withdraw from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, revoke the 2000 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Cambodia and push Cambodians now living in border areas which they claim belong to Thailand back to their homeland.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva rejected their ultimatum, saying the revocation of the 2000 agreement will not make Thailand lose territory to the neighbouring country.

Report by: MCOT online news
Photo by: Manager.co.th

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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