Pattaya Daily News

14 July 2009 :: 19:07:57 pm 27120

Red Shirts Won’t Protest During Asean Meetings in Phuket

BANGKOK, July 14 - Citing the imposition of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the planned deployment of about 9,000 military personnel during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings in the southern province of Phuket this week, leaders of Thailan's main anti-government movement decided to not protest during the meetings.
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Thailand will host the 42nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), the Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC) and the 16th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Phuket beginning Friday through next Thursday.

Jatuporn Prompan, a top leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said his group had decided not to protest during the meetings, charging that the imposition of the Act plus the heavy deployment of troops showed that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva “lacked leadership.”

The security measure has been imposed by the government in Phuket extending over a radius of five kilometres after the ASEAN Summit in April in Pattaya when closed when UDD protesters stormed into the hotel where the Summit was to be held.

Mr. Jatuporn said his “Red Shirts” would not demonstrate during the meetings as they felt embarrassed that soldiers were being sent there to provide protection to Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya who has been charged with terrorism and other criminal activities for joining a protest seizure of Savarnabhumi International Airport in November and December last year. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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