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29 August 2009 :: 14:08:19 pm 32998

Red Shirts Postpone Rally to Next Saturday

BANGKOK, Aug 29 - Key leaders of Thailand's anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) postponed their mass rally in Bangkok on Sunday to next Saturday, September 5, citing the government's imposition of the Internal Security Act (ISA) as an exaggerated and unnecessary response.
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Key leaders of the so-called Red Shirts, Veera Musikapong, Nattawut Saikua and Jatuporn Prompan, said Saturday that the group has re-evaluated the situation following the ISA enforcement by the government and decided to postpone their rally to next Saturday.

“The ISA has been unnecessarily enforced as the UDD gatherings have usually been carried out peacefully,” Mr Veera said. “The government’s imposing the ISA seems quite serious, as if the situation will be worse than what has happened in the three restive southern provinces.”

Another UDD leader, Mr Nattawut, said the rally might be delayed to September 19, the three-year anniversary of coup d’etat, if the ISA enforcement is prolonged.

The Cabinet earlier this week agreed to impose the ISA from today through Monday (August 29 to September 1) in Bangkok’s Dusit district where the Red Shirt protesters planned to demonstrate.

Meanwhile, Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman of a special centre set up to maintain law and order in response to Sunday’s mass protest, said that army remains on duty under the ISA enforcement until the law will be lifted up by the government.

He said the army personnel are still deployed around Government House and other government buildings in the area.

“It’s up to the UDD whether they continue their protest or not, Col Sansern said. The centre can not prohibit them.”

Army chief Gen Anupong Paochinda has not yet issued new orders, said Pol Sansern, adding that he is awaiting an order regarding enforcement of the ISA from Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban who is the security centre director. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : DCman   Category : Thailand News

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