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28 March 2008 :: 13:03:36 pm 28751

Pro Thaksin Group Calls off Planned Rally

BANGKOK, March 27 - A pro-Thaksin group calling itself the Great People for Democracy (GPD) has called off a planned gathering of people at a hotel in Bangkok Friday for fear of possibly clashing with an anti-Thaksin group led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD).
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People Power Party MP Pracha Prasopdee, a leading member of the Great People group, announced at parliament that his colleagues had decided to postpone the planned gathering at the Ratanakosin Hotel for fear of a possible confrontation with PAD demonstrators at nearby Thammasat University.

Tens of thousands of people gathering under the Great People banner at the Ratanakosin Hotel might be lured out to Sanam Luang, a traditional demonstration venue, only to confront or clash with PAD protestors, according to the Samut Prakarn MP.

Mr. Pracha said the Great People group’s decision to call off its planned rally had not been made under pressure from Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej or Interior Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung.

The anti-Thaksin PAD group had planned to gather at Thammasat University’s main auditorium at the Tha Prachan campus to oppose the plans of the coalition parties to amend Thailand’s infant constitution, allegedly because the move was seen as designed to salvage the PPP and other coalition partners from the possibility of being dissolved in connection with electoral fraud charges.

Bangkok metropolitan police will stand guard at and around the Thammasat University auditorium, which can accommodate an audience of about 2,500 persons, in order to maintain law and order throughout the anti-amendment rally.

   
Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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