Thailand's red-shirts staging rally at Bangkok's banned streets

18:18, April 06, 2010      

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The anti-government red-shirts are staging a rally at 11 banned streets in Thailand's capital Bangkok on Tuesday afternoon.

The 11 banned streets include the main business Silom Road in central Bangkok, according to a state-run NBT Television report.

The red-shirted protesters departed from their rally site at Phan Fah Bridge for the 11 banned places by motorbikes and pickup trucks.

In a related development, a group of the red-shirts moved from another main rally site at the Ratchprasong Intersection to the Lumpini Park next to Silom Road, Thai News Agency reported.

They went there to pressure the Army to withdraw a military force from the Lumpini Park.

However, the red-shirts left the park after Metropolitan Police Division 1 Chief Wichai Sangprapai told their core leaders the Army was going to withdraw the army force from the park.

Thousands of the red-shirted protesters, led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group, have converged on Bangkok since March 12 to press the Thai premier to dissolve the Lower House of parliament and call a new general election.

Source: Xinhua


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