Legal protest fine: Thai PM

15:51, September 12, 2010      

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Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said during his weekly TV program on Sunday that the protest of " red-shirts" against 2006 coup d'etat on Sept. 19 is allowed if it will not block the roads or involve violence.

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), alias "red-shirts", plans to stage symbolic protest at Rajprasong Intersection in central Bangkok where they will tie red ribbons to mark the fourth-anniversary of bloodless coup d'etat.

The UDD protesters will hold activities in Bangkok and northern province of Chiangmai which include cycling around, tying red ribbons and placing flowers in front of prisons.

While expressing his concern over the protest, the prime minister affirms the Center for Resolution of the State of Emergency (CRES) has already prepared to cope with the situation.

Any gathering of more than five people for the political purpose is prohibited under the Emergency Decree which is currently imposed in Bangkok and other six provinces.

The government has put the Emergency Decree in force in Bangkok and its vicinity since April 7 in the face of escalating anti- government rally in Bangkok by "red-shirts" movement which lasted for three months.

Central business district of Rajprasong had been seized by the demonstrators for almost two months before the dispersal by military forces that resulted in 91 deaths and almost 1,900 injuries.

Some leaders and protestors were put in jail for violating the Emergency Decree.

Source: Xinhua


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