Red-shirt protesters block military train for a second day

14:58, April 22, 2010      

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Anti-government red-shirt protesters on Thursday blocked the rail line to Bangkok in northeast province of Khon Kaen to prevent departure of a military train for a second day, police said.

Hundreds of protesters on Wednesday afternoon blocked the train from leaving Khon Kaen following community radio said that the soldiers and military supplies might be diverted to disperse their fellow protesters in Bangkok instead of fighting insurgency in southern Thailand.

Some protesters even sat across the railway as human barriers to prevent the train from going.

The train is carrying 24 Humvy military vehicles, military trucks and water cannon cars, as well as military equipment which belong to the 8th Infantry Regiment in Khon Kaen province, the Thai News Agency said.

Three round of talks between the authorities and red-shirt leaders have failed since then. And the demonstrators urged the authorities not to move the train within five days as they fear the military equipment will be used for security operations in Bangkok.

Protesters also said that if the train really go to the southern border provinces, some of them must be allowed to board the train to observe the activities.

Source: Xinhua


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