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Pattaya Daily News

06 April 2009 :: 15:04:14 pm 27844

Thaksin Urges People’s Revolution in Defence of Democracy

As a potential battle looms between government forces on the one hand and the pro-Thaksin red-shirted UDD on the other, with the yellow-shirted PAD thrown in for good measure, April 8, is rapidly looking like a day of reckoning for PM Abhisit Vejjajiva's government. Red Shirt protests are scheduled to protest in Bangkok on April 8, with a threatened invasion of Pattaya at the ASEAN Plus Three Summit from April 10-12.
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Despite PM Abhisit’s conciliatory gestures, Thaksin Shinawatra has vehemently rejected the prime minister’s offer of talks to resolve the political conflicts, urging instead a people’s revolution in defence of democracy, reportedly saying “Negotiation is out of the question. We are talking about the nation’s future now”.

However, the strengthening polarisation between the essentially rural, anti-government Red Shirts and the pro-government, metropolitan Yellow shirts could provoke a crisis which would seriously impede the government’s efforts to bail out the country with its US$44 billion stimulus package over 3 years, while such organisations as IMF are predicting a contraction of the Thai economy by up to 4% this year.

The Red Shirts are attempting to encourage up to 100,000 protesters to attend the April 8 protest in Bangkok, where they have vowed to march on Gen. Prem’s residence to demand snap elections and protest about what they see as the military’s meddling in politics. This, they declare is their last battle to oust the Democrat-led coalition government. Meanwhile, the Yellow Shirts, who fear the UDD protest could well result in a conflict situation, provoked by the inevitable intervention of the police and members of the armed forces, have vowed to step in to prevent conflict, which they maintain will further blacken the country’s international reputation, although Suriyasai Katasila, co-ordinator of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), has promised there will be no confrontation or violence on the PAD’s part.


As for the Pattaya, the Red Shirts have threatened to invade Pattaya and disrupt at the ASEAN Plus Three Summit from April 10-12, unless the government stops trying to block radio-transmitted UDD rallying calls. “We can travel from Bangkok in a large number to stage a rally at the ASEAN Plus Three’s venue in Pattaya, while we also have many of our local red-shirted people in Pattaya, if the government does not stop its interference” a UDD source is reported as saying


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

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