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09 April 2009 :: 07:04:54 am 27800

Red Shirts Issue 24-Hour Ultimatum to Abhisit, Privy Councillors, to Resign

BANGKOK, April 8 - The anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) read out a 24-hour ultimatum to three members of the privy council and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to quit their posts unconditionally, UDD core leader Jatuporn Prompan said on Wednesday.
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But Prime Minister Abhisit dismissed the challenge, saying that the UDD’s self-styled democracy advocates ultimatum was quite impractical and that the group should not be issuing such demands.

Neither should the UDD activists be physically assaulting those with whom they disagree, he said, referring to the injuries sustained by the prime minister?s driver at the seaside resort town of Pattaya on Tuesday.

UDD demonstrators now rallying at Privy Council President Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda’s home as well as at Government House and the Royal Plaza in the early evening issued a statement demanding that Gen. Prem and two other privy councillors — Gen. Surayud Chulanont and Charnchai Likhitjittha — and Mr. Abhisit must resign.

Mr. Jatuporn told journalists that the UDD leaders had discussed for about 90 minutes and agreed that the demonstrators would await a response within 24 hours.

Severe pressure will be imposed if they do not resign, Mr. Jatuporn said, adding that measures that will be employed will be in line with that offered by the Constitution in which the least inconvenience will be felt by the public.

He said the protesters will not seize Government House or Bangkok’s airports as their rival People’s Alliance for Democracy, the PAD ‘Yellow Shirts’ did last year.

In his latest video link speech from an undisclosed location Wednesday night, convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra urged his supporters to be patient, while telling them not to go home empty-handed but rather with true democracy.

He also said it was not important whether he would be able to return home or not.

“This fight is not for me, it’s about our country, our people, our future generations,” said Mr. Thaksin.

The red-shirt protesters have now successfully blocked off three areas, namely Government House, the nearby Royal Plaza and Gen. Prem’s home.

The protesters announced they would remain at Gen. Prem?s residence for at least three days. -(TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Politics News

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