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29 September 2008 :: 00:09:05 am 41991

Thai Pm Unperturbed by Protesters ‘Welcome‘

BANGKOK, Sept 28 - After a series of embarrassing ‘welcomes‘ by protesters from the People‘s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) over two days, Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said Sunday he is unperturbed by the actions and would continue to perform his duty.
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Back in the capital after a protest-marred visit to his hometown, Nakorn Si Thammarat, a cool and calm Mr. Somchai said he understood that each person must follow their own thinking to perform his or her own duties, and not worry about others.

His remarks were made after two male graduates of Bangkok’s Thammasat university shook plastic hand-clapper noisemakers used by PAD protesters, to interrupt his recording a speech at the university early Sunday.

The duo also shouted at the prime minister, saying: “Bring back the dignity of Thammasat. Don’t use this platform to canvass for votes,” before leaving the auditorium abruptly.

Mr. Somchai received his bachelor’s degree in law from the university.

Leaving the university, Mr. Somchai visited a major shopping mall to canvass for votes for Prapas Chongsa-nguan, former Mass Rapid Transport Authority Governor and a member of the People Power Party, who is running for the Bangkok governorship.

Mr. Somchai and his party were confronted by People’s Alliance for Democracy activists. Minor scuffles erupted as the protesters shouted accusations that the premier was selling the nation, but the prime minister showed no sign of being perturbed. A similar incident occurred Saturday at the Surat Thani airport.

PAD protesters continued shouting while the prime minister and his companions ate lunch at the mall.

Meanwhile, a Dusit Poll survey of over 3,600 people nationwide found that 45 per cent hoped that the new government could resolve problems affecting their lives, and some 43 per cent believed their lives would improve because Mr. Somchai is sincere about doing his duty.

Only 12 per cent believed the situation would worsen because the present administration is considered a ‘nominee government’ of former prime minister Thaksin and that ongoing demonstrations would continue. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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