Pattaya Daily News

25 April 2009 :: 01:04:39 am 38112

Three Key Protest Leaders Released On Bail

BANGKOK, April 24 (TNA) - Thailand's Criminal Court on Friday temporarily released three top leaders of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), just hours after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva lifted the emergency decree in the capital and five surrounding provinces.
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The trio–Veera Musikapong, Natthawut Saikuea and Weng Tochirakarn–were released on Bt 500,000 bail each on the condition that they must not instigate any disturbance, and that they do not leave the country.

They were charged with illegal assembly of more than 10 persons, and with creating a public disturbance, which carry prison terms of up to three years.

The top UDD leaders were freed after the movement announced a mass protest in the the capital on Saturday.

UDD leader Somyot Preuksakasemsuk said the goal of the gathering is to call for a stop to all kinds of threat against the Red Shirt leaders, unblocking the signal of the group’s satellite television broadcast service called ‘DStation’, allowing community radio to resume their broadcasting and invoke the 1997 Constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

It will be the first “Red Shirt” gathering since the government lifted the State of Emergency Decree imposed since April 12 after anti-government protests in Pattaya had forced the government to postpone the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit with its dialogue partners.

The UDD leaders turned themselves in to police and have been detained since April 16 after declaring the end of their three-week protest at Government House on April 14, following a riot in the capital which left two local residents dead, killed in confrontation with the protesters, and more than 130 others injured on April 13 as troops clashed with protesters during operations to disperse the violent protest which paralysed traffic in the capital during the Thai traditional New Year Songkran Festival.

Mr. Natthawut thanked the judges for the ruling and said he would seek the truth about the death of some protesters during the clashes with security forces. He also said he would seek legal advice from his lawyer before deciding whether or not he would join any political rally. (TNA)

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UDD plans mass protest at Sanam Luang Saturday

 BANGKOK, April 24  – Anti-government protesters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) announced a mass protest in the Thai capital on Saturday, the first Red Shirt gathering after the government lifted its State of Emergency Decree for Bangkok and its surrounding provinces on Friday.
 
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Friday lifted the State of Emergency Decree imposed in Bangkok amid violent protests by the UDD, but said troops would remain in place at key locations as a security precaution.
 
UDD leader Somyot Preuksakasemsuk told the media that the UDD changed the venue for its planned Saturday evening rally from Samut Sakhon to Sanam Luang in Bangkok, as the State of Emergency Decree had been lifted.
 
The gathering is aimed at calling for a release of a stop to all kinds of threat against the red shirt leaders, unblocking the signal of the group’s satellite television broadcast service called  ‘D Station’, allowing community radio to resume broadcasting and bringing back the 1997 Constitution for implementation, according to the UDD leader.
 
The key UDD leaders — Veera Musikapong, Natthawut Saikuea and Weng Tochirakarn — turned themselves in to police and have been detained since April 16 after declaring the end of their three-week protest at Government House, following a riot which left two civilians dead, at the hands of UDD demonstrators, and more than 130 others injured on April 13.
 
As the UDD key leaders have been detained by police, Mr. Somyot added, the remaining leaders will lead the protest.
 
He also urged Jatuporn Prompan, another red- shirt leader who was under arrest warrant, Mr. Pongthep Thepkanchana, personal spokesman of ousted prime minister Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, and Sunai Julapongsathorn, the MP of Opposition Peua Thai, to show up on the UDD stage this Saturday.
 
Mr. Jatuporn was a member of parliament of the Puea Thai Party and he acquired immunity even though he was facing arrest warrant. 
 
“The UDD will stage its protest peacefully. After the mass gathering in the capital, more rallies will be organised in big cities,” said Mr. Somyot.
 
When asked whether the ex-premier Thaksin will make a video link or telephone address to his supporters or not, Sansern Srioonruen, another UDD leader said the group had not yet been contacted by Mr. Thaksin.
 
He said currently the group’s technical preparation is not ready for the video link. But if the former premier wants to address to UDD supporters, he could do so via a telephone call in. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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