Thailand's "red-shirts" defending rally site

16:24, April 20, 2010      

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The anti-government "red-shirts" will not march to stage a mass rally outside their main rally site Tuesday but will defend the main rally site.

"Red-shirt" core leader Nattawut Saikua said the "red-shirts" will not move to stage a rally on Silom Road, which is nearby the Rathchaprasong area, Thai News Agency reported.

Also, the "red-shirt" core leaders will station at six defending points, which are to be set up by Tuesday, in order to prevent other people from entering into the "red-shirt" rally site, Nattawut said.

The government has already deployed joint-security forces consisting of police and soldiers around Silom Road in a bid to prevent the "red-shirts" from entering into the area to stage a rally.

But, Nattawut said the "red-shirts" will closely monitor the situation on Silom Road and will move to stage a rally there whenever the forces withdraw from the area.

Though news reports, which said the government would attempt to retake the Rathchaprasong area, the "red-shirts" won't leave the Rathchaprasong area, the core leader said.

The "red-shirts" will remain on the Rathchaprasong area until the "red-shirts"are successful in pressuring the Prime Minister to dissolve the lower House of parliament.

The "red-shirts" are now gathering at the Rathchaprasong Intersection in capital Bangkok as they have demanded Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to "immediately" dissolve the lower House of parliament and hold a new general election.

The "red-shirts" have still viewed that, apart from the House dissolution, there is no other solution to the country's ongoing political conflict.

But, the country's private sector and a lot of Thai have opposed the early House dissolution since it will negatively affect the government's continuity in shoring up the country's weak economy.

Source: Xinhua


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