Thai local governors told to monitor anti-gov't movement ahead of mass rally

21:48, March 02, 2010      

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Provincial governors in Thailand have been instructed to keep an eye on the anti-government movement ahead of a planned mass rally in mid-March, Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong said Tuesday.

His statement was made amid reports that the UDD group is in the process of mobilizing a number of its supporters from the countryside to capital Bangkok, Thai News Agency reported.

The anti-government or red-shirted people reportedly will travel from the countryside to Bangkok by both boats and cars, he said.

It is reportedly said that one member of parliament (MP) of the opposition will mobilize at least 2,000 people from the provincial areas to gather at the mass rally in Bangkok, Boonjong said.

Overall by now, the investors' confidence is still good, but any additional political violence might largely affect their confidence, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij was quoted by the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT), under the state-owned Public Relations Department, as saying.

Hence, the Thai government has to maintain law and order in order to strengthen the investors' confidence in Thailand, Korn said.

The anti-government movement by the anti-government United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will start from March 12 as the UDD, known as red-shirted, supporters from the countryside will begin from March 12 to travel to capital Bangkok.

On the morning of March 14, the UDD protestors will stage their massive rally at Sanam Luang, the open field and public square in the center of Bangkok.

Their political demand includes resignation of the coalition government or the House dissolution paving the way for a new general election.

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