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10 December 2010 :: 13:12:07 pm 47494

Red Shirts confirm Friday rally to mark Constitution Day

BANGKOK, Dec 9 - Thailand's anti-government movement, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Thursday reaffirmed it's planned rally for two hours on Friday to mark the country's Constitution Day and demand the release of detained protest leaders.
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Acting UDD chairman Thida Thavornseth said the Red Shirt demonstration will be held from 6pm tomorrow at the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue and will end at 8pm.

Ms Thida said Metropolitan Police Division 1 commander Pol Maj-Gen Wichai Sangprapai has urged the Red Shirt supporters to stage a peaceful protest and not disrupt the traffic or use loudspeakers.

If any irregularity is found, the Red Shirts are advised to inform the police, said the UDD chair.

Ms Thida stated the Friday gathering is aimed at demanding that detained Red Shirt leaders be released and calling on for the justice.

Most key Red Shirt leaders including Natthawut Saikua, Weng Tojirakarn (Ms Thida’s husband), Korkaew Pikulthong, are among those who have been detained on charges of terrorism since they surrendered to police after the clashes between the protesters and troops at Ratchaprasong intersection at the end of their protest on May 19.

At the same time, Ms Thida also announced the six-point policies of the Red Shirts under her leadership focusing on the peaceful struggle and division of UDD operations into three groups.

The three groups are Red Shirt supporters upcountry, in Bangkok and overseas; supporting units who will coordinate to link movements of the main UDD groups together; and independent groups in which policies and struggle approaches may differ to that of the UDD. The last group must clearly identify their different approach to the UDD leadership.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police Chief Pol-Lt Gen Chakthip Chaichinda said one thousand police–including four companies of police, rapid response units, traffic police and an investigating team, will be deployed tomorrow.

Gen Chakthip said Gen Wichai has been assigned to negotiate with the protest leaders not to obstruct traffic or block the entrance of government buildings. Anyone vandalising public property by writing graffiti on public signs, footpaths, roads or any part of any monument that is deemed insulting to the monarchy or considered defamatory to other people will be prosecuted.

Loundspeakers and amplifiers are also barred during the demonstration as Bangkok is still under emergency decree.

In the latest development, the court approved a temporary release of Mr Jatuporn and revoked the arrest warrant against him after the defendant clarified the reason for his non-appearance at the hearing in the morning to the Secretary of the Office of the Criminal Court.

Mr Jatuporn said that he has been informed that his case judges will not be changed, but he pledged to appear at the court hearing Dec 14.

The MP however stood firm that despite his appearance on Dec 14, he will not testify unless the judge’s panel is changed. (MCOT online news)

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