Pattaya Daily News

26 April 2010 :: 11:04:46 am 18997

UDD’s Colourless Nationwide Rallies Hit Peaceful Pattaya

In an already confusing colour coded political nightmare, Red Shirt leaders on Sunday called for followers to abandon their red apparel, attempting to avoid detection and inspections by police and security personnel in Bangkok ahead of the announced crackdown. In yet another tactical surprise against the government, Red Shirt leaders have incited pro-red movements to act in a nation wide rally, with gatherings reported to have formed in several key provinces around the nation.
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Bangkok, the 26th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Red Shirts leaders urged the red congregation, from the staging ground at the Ratchaprasong Intersection, to discard their Red apparel, including any supporting “clappers,” flags or posters, in order to avoid security inspections and detection by the increasing military and security forces present in the nation’s capital. This new development in the Reds campaign threatens to bring further mayhem to an already chaotic political situation, if further confrontations between opposed protesters occurs security forces will become overwhelmed in attempts to segregate the groups.

In another tactical manoeuvre aimed at increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Abhisit’s government, Red Shirt leaders have called for re-enforcements from Isan, Northern and Southern provinces to come to Bangkok in order to aid their fight for democracy and House dissolution. Meanwhile pro-red supporters unable to make the trip to the nation’s capital have been called upon to stage provincial rallies to further disturb the government’s attempts to disband the ongoing campaign for the dissolution of parliament.

Prime Minister Abhisit met with provincial leaders on Sunday to ask for their assistance in blocking Red-Shirt activities, which he branded as ‘terrorist acts’ and violence provoking gatherings. Anti-government rallies as of Sunday evening had been reported in Udon Thani, Chaiyaphum, Ubon Ratchathani, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima and Chon-Buri. In further worrying signs for the struggling tourism industry, Red Shirts gathered in protest in the seaside tourist resort of Pattaya. Although, events remained remarkably peaceful in the tourism hub with both Yellow and Red Shirts coming out to simply voice their opinions in front of the local City Hall. A police presence was maintained throughout the rally but was never called upon to disband any unruly or provocative protesters.

In Bangkok, hundreds of now colourless Red-Shirt supporters restricted the flow of traffic into Bangkok from the north in attempts to impede some 50 police vehicles, with an estimated 500 officers, from reinforcing the capital. Bangkok police hierarchy attempted to negotiate with protesters in order to clear the congested Phaholyothin Road, but failed.

Attempts to stifle the spread of pro-government propaganda continued on Sunday with a powerful signal created from an unknown location to disrupt the governments NBT programme “Confidence in Thailand with PM Abhisit”, the show was forced off-air for 7 minutes whilst NBT staff rectified the problem. The daily programme on Sunday featured an interview between Abhisit and Army Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda. The interview was being broadcast to show the Thai public that the government and the army were working together to solve the current political crisis amidst reports that the army was slit into fractions, with pro-red officers divulging tactical operations and movements to Red Leaders, aiding their fight.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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