Red-shirts rally across Thailand marks 2006 coup

20:39, September 19, 2010      

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Thai anti-government red-shirts supporters mourn the dead of 19 May bloodshed dispersal during a rally at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Sept. 19, 2010. Thousands of red-shirts showed up Sunday in Bangkok to mark the 2006 coup and the fourth-month anniversary of 19 May bloodshed dispersal. (Xinhua/Thana Nuntavoranut)
The three-day rally of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) or red-shirt movement to mark the 2006 coup and the fourth-month anniversary of 19 May bloodshed dispersal started early morning on Friday, September 17 with flower laying activity in front of Bangkok Remand prison in Bangkok.

Red-shirts across the country place red roses in front of prisons nationwide in a bid to express best wishes to and call for the release of 252 red-shirts including their leaders who have been detained in various prisons in the capital and other provinces.

Puea Thai list MP and a core leader of the UDD Jatuporn Prompan said on Friday that the red-shirts are going to continue the flower laying activity weekly at the prisons where their members are detained until they are freed.

Following the military crackdown on May 19 this year, red-shirt protesters and their leaders were arrested and put in jail for violating the emergency decree which were initially imposed in April in 24 provinces including Bangkok. Under the decree, the lawbreaker may face up to two year in prison and fine penalty up to 40,000 baht.

Led by Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, leader of the UDD's fraction June 24 Democracy Group, the UDD on Saturday morning, September 18 launched a convoy of 50 vehicles in a rally to the northern province of Chiangmai.

The vehicles were carrying placards demanding for the release of all red-shirt suspects being detained in prisons throughout the country. They will later join the red-shirt rally at the municipal sports stadium starting 12pm on Sunday.

Their rally on September 19 in Chiangmai will be highlighted by the presence of Thaksin's brother-in-law and ex-PM Somchai Wongsawat, some UDD's leaders and the opposition Puea Thai MPs, who will be giving speech from 7 p.m., Sunday.

However, phone-in schedule of some core leader of "red-shirt" group including Arisman Pongruangrong, who is now under arrest warrant for terrorism charge but on escaping was cancelled to avoid showing out their whereabouts, Somyos said on Sunday afternoon.

The red-shirts in Chiangmai, while waiting for the evening activities, launched a parade in the central city on Sunday afternoon amid close watch of the police.

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