Pattaya Daily News

10 November 2008 :: 01:11:58 am 40640

Protest Leader Surprised By British Revocation of Thaksin’s Visa

BANGKOK, Nov 9 - People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) core leader Chamlong Srimuang said he was surprised at the news that the British government revoked the visas of Thailand‘s former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman, but reasserted that the anti-government protesters will continue to oppose constitutional amendment bids designed to facilitate Mr. Thaksin‘s return.
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Maj-Gen. Chamlong called the British government’s revocation of its visas for the couple an unexpected event but declined to comment on the possibility of Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat — a brother-in-law of the deposed premier — meeting with his predecessor, somewhere in the Philippines shortly.

The British government’s decision to revoke visas of the former Thai premier and his wife might have been prompted by last weekend’s high-profile event during which Mr. Thaksin addressed hundreds of thousands estimated 80,000 supporters via an international phone-in address at Rajamangala Stadium, he said.

PAD core leader Chamlong declined to say whether or not he would again have his protesters lay siege to parliament if the the constitutional amendment bids are revived, saying that he would have to discuss it with the other PAD leaders.

Gen. Chamlong emphasised that the PAD protesters will continue to oppose any bid to amend amend the charter, and said the Somchai government had failed to confirm or deny that only Article 291 of the constitution of 2007 would be the target of the planned amendment.

The PAD anti-government protesters will open a passage in the roadway which they have blockaded on Rajadamnern Avenue during funeral rituals for the late Princess Galyani Vadhana scheduled from November 14 through November 19, he said. The barriers have so far remained in place in the wake of several assaults on PAD guards by unidentified assailants, he said. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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