Pattaya Daily News

15 August 2009 :: 10:08:10 am 26539

Thaksin supporters gather in Pattaya

Pattaya, August 15,[PDN]: In Pattaya yesterday (14th August 2009), over 20.000 red shirts gathered together, in support of former Prime Minister Thaksin‘s request to return to Thailand to work for the people.
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During the evening, at the democracy open ground in Soi Kaotalow, Pattaya, the leaders of the red shirt supporters, Mr. Natthawut Saigeua, Weera Muksikapong, Arisman Pong Reugrong and the local leader, Mr. Chanwit Hengtrakul, took turns to give speeches to the supporters. The most impressive speech was made by Dr. Apiwan Wiriyachai, the Council Vice President of the government.

The crowd who had gathered from around the city of Pattaya and nearby provinces resulted in a traffic jam on the roads around the area. More than 100 police officers were on duty at checkpoints on various routes. The speeches focused on the upcoming submission of a petition seeking a royal pardon from the King, on 17th August.

At approximately 9.10 pm, the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Mr. Manit Jitjunglub, one of the UDD leaders, phoned in from Dubai through a video link attacking politicians for interfering in the government official’s work, for operating undemocratic systems, feeding wrong information and twisting the truth. He stated he wanted to see all parties collaborating in developing the country.

The former Prime Minister Thaksin discussed submitting a petition, seeking a royal pardon for him on Monday 17th August, for which he asked his supporters to demonstrate respectfully. He also stated that he planned to launch a radio station, using the name Thaksin Light Radio”, to air globally on 1st September, with DJs broadcasting to each community in every province. His speech took approximately 28 minutes with no serious events taking place.

 

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

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