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03 February 2010 :: 09:02:02 am 11914

Red Shirts: Military Barracks a Target for Nationwide Protest

Thailand's anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Tuesday ended their protest at the Ministry of Defence, but plan to continue their rally at military units nationwide on Thursday to announce the group's anti-coup statement.
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Security has been tightened around the ministry compound as the so-called Red Shirt protesters began gathering at 10am, while Sanam Chai Road was ordered  closed. The rally ended in the evening.

Key UDD leader Veera Musikapong verbally attacked the ministry’s position regarding the alleged evasion of military service by conscription on the part of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, charging the ministry with being “unresponsive” or ignoring the request.

Another Red Shirt leader, Nattawut Saikua, claimed that the prime minister submitted falsified documents in the process of being conscripted and the group believes that the defence ministry has all documents in hand.

Mr Nattawut said that the key UDD leaders will discuss the movement’s strategies on Wednesday before protesting at military camps nationwide the following day. Mr Nattawut also denied accusations that the human waste thrown at the premier’s house is the work of the Red Shirts and persons linked to convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying the UDD has carried out peaceful and open campaign against the Democrat-led coalition government.

The UDD leader said Mr Abhisit has not only had the conflicts with the Red Shirts, but also with his coalition partners. It is possible that some persons may be dissatisfed with his recent stance on the amendment of the constitution. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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