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03 June 2007 :: 15:06:09 pm 29608

Thousands Protest Against Thai Junta

BANGKOK , 3rd may -Thousands of protesters descended on central Bangkok Saturday to demand an end to the military-installed government in the biggest display of defiance against the junta since last year‘s coup. Organisers claimed more than 15,000 people showed up for the rally, while police estimates said there were fewer than half that number.
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“The crowd is around 6,000,”
an official from the police special branch said, declining to be identified.

More than 1,000 security force personnel were deployed near Sanam Luang plaza in central Bangkok, the police official said, adding authorities had banned the protesters from moving anywhere beyond the plaza.

But rally organiser Jatuporn Prompan said: “More than 15,000 people attended the protest. We plan to hold more demonstrations until elections are held.” National polls are expected in December.

The crowd of mostly middle-aged men and women gathered to denounce the Council for National Security (CNS), and to call for the return of deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Police major general Manit Wongsomboon said: “The situation is under control. There were no signs of violence.”

“I came today to protest against the junta. I want Thaksin to come back. I hate the CNS,” Srida Singha, a 60-year-old retired government official, said.

Some protesters waved red-and-white flags which read: “CNS, Get Out” at the rally organised by allies of Thaksin, who was ousted by the military in a bloodless coup in September 2006.



Thaksin may be able to return to politics

            An amnesty is being proposed in Thailand to allow members of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s party to return to public office.
            The man who overthrew Thaksin in September 2006, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, has told the government owned television channel that he does not object to the idea. 
            The general was adamant he wanted to see the Thai people unite and reconcile.
While suggesting the return to politics of Thaksin’s party, Gen Sonthi stressed that the deposed former premier first had to clear a corruption case. 
            Last month the Assets Examination Committee, a powerful Thai anti-corruption, recommended that Thaksin and his wife should face charges over a controversial land purchase. 
            The attorney general will decide within weeks whether to bring the case to court. 
            Thaksin has remained in self-exile in London since his twice-elected government was deposed.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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