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17 April 2010 :: 11:04:38 am 18385

Red Shirt Leaders Evade Arrest Returning to Protest Site

Key leaders of the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) managed to escape from their Bangkok hotel, aided by fellow red shirt supporters, after police had attempted to execute various arrest warrants issued against them on Friday.
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Bangkok, the 17th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Police stormed into the SC Park Hotel on Praditmanutham Road in Bangkok’s Wangthonglang district on Friday morning in an attempt to serve arrest warrants on key Red Shirt leaders. The operation failed however as the UDD leaders were able to escape, aided by their passionate followers, fleeing back to the main protest site at the Ratchaprasong intersection.

Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister and acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn, revealed that the police raid was an “utter failure,” further stating that the police would now have to report their actions to the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), setup by Prime Minister Abhisit after the state of emergency was declared on April 7th.

The failed arrest bid comes as thousands of Bangkokians, largely of the Pink & White shirt movements, marched to the 11th Infantry Regiment headquarters in northern Bangkok, where Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is sheltering temporarily. They came to show their support for the campaign to disperse the Red Shirts from Bangkok’s main business district, which has significantly stifled the countries economy and tourism industry. Simultaneously and open letter was presented to key government officials and Army chiefs stating that the UDD  protesters had abused the rights of assembly provided by the Constitution, and that they had acted like terrorists braking the law and therefore should be dispersed and arrested immediately.

This current movement by the newly formed pink shirts and the aligned white shirt group, consisting of Bangkok business owners, residents, hoteliers and aggrieved citizens pleading for peace, comes as the government aligned Puea Thai Party decided to march on the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT), seeking airtime to clarify last Saturday’s violent crackdown at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. Puea Thai MP’s are protesting against the biased media operators being influenced by the government. MP Anudit Nakorntap said “the state-run station has provided only one-sided sources and distorted information, causing confusion and misunderstanding among the public.” Further adding; “the station should serve the public more than the government.”

As yet no further press releases have been announced by Prime Minister Abhisit, currently in hiding at the 11th Infantry Regiment amid fears of an assassination; although he is due to chair a meeting of the Board of Special Cases (BSC) on Saturday where subject of the April 10 violence is expected to be the main item up for discussion.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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