Foreign workers not allowed to join rally in Bangkok: Thai minister

19:49, December 08, 2009      

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Factories nationwide have been told not to let foreign employees to take part in a rally in capital Bangkok on Dec. 10, Thai Labor Minister Paithoon Kaewthong said Tuesday.

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) or the red-shirted people have announced the group will hold the rally to demand for democracy on this Thursday.

The UDD core leaders target that there are about 5,000 foreign laborers to join the rally.

But, Paithoon said if any foreign laborers are found of participating in the rally, their working permits will be seized and they will be sent back to home countries, Thai News Agency reported.

"Any foreign laborers, who want to travel out of a permitted area, they must seek an approval from involved provincial authorities," Paithoon said.

In a related development, at least 1,200 policemen have been prepared to maintain peace and security at the rally site on Thursday.

The UDD group plans to hold an academic discussion concerning the democracy, while the 10th of December also marks Thailand's Constitution Day.

Earlier, the UDD group planned to stage mass-anti-government rallies from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 in capital Bangkok.

But, prior to Nov. 28 the UDD group announced that they have postponed their mass-anti-government rallies.

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