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23 October 2009 :: 19:10:01 pm 31609

Red Shirts Hand Over Petition to Asean

HUA HIN, Oct 23 (TNA) - A group of anti-Thai government Red Shirt activists on Friday submitted a letter of complaint to national leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) via a senior Thai foreign ministry official just hours after the summit began.
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Thailand’s Director-General of Department of ASEAN Affairs Vithavas Srivihok and a representative of ASEAN Secretary-General received the letter from the Red Shirts led by Arisman Pongruangrong.

The letter said the Red Shirts supports the 15th ASEAN summit and its related meetings but the group wanted to clarify that it was not to blame for the collapse of the April summit at Pattaya which was the work of its rival, the Blue Shirt group.

A large number of police lined the street as the Red Shirt activists arrived to submit their complaint at Puek Tian Beach in Phetchaburi province not far from the summit venues.

Key leaders of anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD)?the Red Shirts?announced earlier that they would not disrupt the three-day summit in the seaside resort towns of Cha-am and Hua Hin.

In April, Red Shirt protesters led by Mr Arisman stormed into the ASEAN summit venue in Pattaya, forcing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to abruptly cancel the regional meeting and forced the evacuation of several national leaders by helicopter and boat.

To prevent a replay of the incident, the Thai government brought into force the Internal Security Act at the summit venues from October 12 through 27 with tens of thousands of military and police being deployed to ensure that no demonstators are able to break the security lines to cause disarray. (TNA)

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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