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18 October 2009 :: 06:10:33 am 31665

Protesters Demand Royal Pardon Request for Thaksin Must Be Sent to Pm Monday

BANGKOK, Oct 18 (TNA) -- Anti-government protesters have demanded that their petition calling for a royal pardon for ousted, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra must be sent to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday.
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Veera Musikapong, a top leader of United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), told demonstrators during a peaceful rally in front of the Government House in central Bangkok on Saturday that Justice Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga must forward the ministry’s opinion on their petition seeking the royal clemency for Mr. Thaksin to Mr. Abhisit on Monday.

Saturday’s rally ended peacefully slightly after midnight. It was held to mark 60 days since the UDD leadership submitted the movement’s petition to the Prime Minister?s Office seeking a royal pardon for Mr. Thaksin, convicted of charges of corruption, and who is now living in self-imposed exile overseas.

Mr. Veera said the UDD supporters would not demonstrate during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit to be held in the Thai seaside resorts of Cha-am and Hua Hin October 23 to 25.

The UDD activist also demanded that Mr Abhisit?s 10-month-old government either dissolve the House of Representatives or reintroduce the scrapped 1997 constitution. If the government does not take action, Mr Veera warned, another major, long rally will be held late November.

During Saturday’s demonstration, Mr. Thaksin telephoned to tell his supporters that he had little hope in the government’s attempt to proceed with the royal pardon for him and urged the “Red Shirt” demonstrators to continue fighting to return the constitution of 1997, scrapped after the coup d?etat in September 2006, into force instead of that written by appointees of the coupmakers. (TNA)

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UDD: GOVERNMENT TRIES TO DELAY ROYAL PARDON PROCESS FOR THAKSIN
BANGKOK, Oct 17 (TNA) –

The government are trying to delay the royal pardon process for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a core leader of the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) Chatuporn Prompan charged Saturday.

Mr Chatuporn, a member of parliament from the opposition Puea Thai Party, told the UDD demonstrators gathering at Government House that the demonstration of the so-called Red Shirt protesters on Saturday was meant warn the government not to ignore its claim that at least 3.5 million have petitioned in support of Mr Thaksin, who fled Thailand last August to avid a two-year jail term for corruption being served.

However, Justice Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga earlier denied UDD charges that the government was delaying the petition process.

He said the UDD should have submitted its petition to the corrections department which he said is responsible for considering the issue, not the prime minister’s office. The premier’s office was forced to send the document to the office of the permanent secretary for justice which then passed it to the corrections department, wasting time.

He said “considerable progress” had been made, but the delay was caused by the UDD submitting the petition to wrong office in the first instance.
vThe UDD said it convened the demonstration at Government House to mark the passage of 60 day from when its petition seeking government action toward a royal pardon for deposed ex-premier Thaksin as its deadline has passed since the “promise” was given.

Mr Chatuporn, on a stage at the Chamaimaruchet Bridge, said the UDD would return again after its fund raising concert at Bonanza Khao Yai Hotel November 14.

The next demonstration would continue indefinitely, expected to begin at the end of November, he said.

He added that the UDD will not move to another location on Saturday and will end its rally at midnight if the government does not interfere with their activities.

Mr Thaksin will telephone his supporters at or after 8 pm.

The UDD Red Shirts members poured into the protest venue forcing the police to close traffic in the vicinity.

Tight security by six thousand police and military personnel was provided for Government House and nearby government buildings, with barbed wire blocking access to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva”s offices.

Police with batons and shields stood near the UDD platform while government-erected placards called on the protesters to “Rally in peace. No weapons. Obey the law” were displayed near the rally site.

The government invoked the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Dusit district, the protest site, through the conclusion of the ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin and Cha-am October 25 to maintain law and order. (TNA)

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JUSTICE MINISTER: GOVERNMENT NOT DELAYING ROYAL PARDON PROCESS FOR THAKSIN
BANGKOK, Oct 17 (TNA) — Thai Justice Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga on Saturday denied charges by the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) that the government delayed the petition process calling for a royal clemency for ousted, fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Mr Pirapan’s denial came as UDD began their activities on a stage set up near the Chamaimaruchet Bridge near Government House and its leading members have appeared on stage taking turns delivering speech to attack the government.
Saturday’s rally marks 60 days since the UDD leadership submitted the movement’s petition to the Prime Minister’s Office calling for royal pardon for Mr Thaksin, convicted of charges of corruption, and who is now living in self-imposed exile overseas.

The “Red Shirt” UDD should have submitted its petition to the Corrections Department which is responsible for considering the issue instead of the Prime Minister?s Office, said Mr. Pirapan. The office was forced to send the petition later to the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Justice which then forwarded it to the Corrections Department, causing a waste of time.

He said “considerable progress” had been made, but the delay was caused by the UDD submitting the petition to wrong office in the first instance.

Tight security by six thousand police and military personnel were providing security for Government House and nearby government buildings. Barbed wire has been installed in front of the gates at Government House where Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has his offices.

Police equipped with batons and shields stood in line near the platform of UDD while placards saying: ?Rally in peace, No weapons and under a legal framework? were seen erected by officials around the rally site.

Bangkok Metropolitan Police Chief Pol Lt-Gen Worapong Chewpreecha inspected police preparations to deal with the demonstration and later said he had not yet received any report that a “third-hand party” would create any disturbance during the demonstration.

Gen Worapong said strategy plans had been mapped out if the rally extended beond its scheduled timeframe. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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