Founder of Thai red-shirt fraction not to hold rally again

19:17, September 20, 2010      

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Thai anti-government red-shirts supporters shout slogans during a rally at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Sept. 19, 2010. Thousands of red-shirts showed up Sunday in Bangkok to mark the 2006 coup and the fourth-month anniversary of 19 May bloodshed dispersal. (Xinhua/Thana Nuntavoranut)

Sombat Boonngamanong, founder of the Red Sunday, another branch of red-shirt movement, said on Monday that he will not hold political activities or rally again for fearing the situation will be out of control.

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) or the red-shirts staged big rallies in Bangkok and Chiangmai as well as smaller rallies in other provinces on Sept. 17-19 in a bid to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2006 coup and fourth-month anniversary after the Sept. 19 incident as military was provoked to crackdown on the protesters.

Sombat said he was nearly unable to control the crowd because there was no loudspeaker and de facto leader. Although the protesters finally dispersed peacefully on Sunday evening, he said he was afraid there would be violence or incitement by ill- intended group next time.

The activities of red-shirt demonstrators at business district of Rajprasong intersection on Sunday included releasing of balloons, tying red ribbons along the street and lighting candles. The traffic around the area was totally paralyzed as around 10,000 people showed up.

Source: Xinhua


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