Thai "red-shirts" to stage rally at 2 p.m.

15:30, October 10, 2010      

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"Red-shirts" movement co-leaders said they would start rally on Sunday at 2 p.m. to commemorate persons who died during their prolonged protest this year.

Chaiwat Trakarnratsunti, leader of Advanced Society Assembly, a branch of "red-shirts" movement, said that his group would start the rally at 2 p.m. at the central business district of Rajprasong and then march to the Victory Monument before ending at the Democracy Monument.

According to Sombat Boonngamanong, leader of Red Sunday Group, another branch of "red-shirts", said his group and Advanced Society Assembly would together hold an activity to commemorate dead persons who died in the protest this year at 6 p.m. at the Democracy Monument.

However, the activity to commemorate Maj Gen Khattiya Sawatdiphon, alias She Daeng, who was shot in the head at the intersection of Sala Daeng Sky Train station on May 13 during the demonstration of "red-shirts" movement, was canceled due to pressure from the police, Sombat said.

Maj Gen Khattiya, a radical leader who was described by media as a renegade general, backed the anti-government protest by training and setting up black-clad guards to ensure safety of the protestors.

The police expected about 5,000-7,000 red-shirts would turn out Sunday to join the rally to demand for the release of their detained leaders and members.

About 3,300 policemen from provincial police region 1, 2 and 7 and border petrol police would be deployed in Bangkok areas on Sunday to ensure law and order.

Metropolitan Police had coordinated with the "red-shirts" co- leaders to end their rally at 5 p.m. to avoid possible unrest.

The pro-Thaksin United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as "red-shirts" movement, had staged a chronic protest from March to May demanding for the dissolution of the parliament and snap election. They had seized the central business district of Rajprasong for over two months before being dispersed forcefully by the troops which culminated in 91 deaths and almost 2,000 injuries.

In September, they staged a three-day rally on Sept. 17-19 to mark the 2006 coup and the fourth-month anniversary of 19 May bloodshed dispersal when they also demanded for the release of 252 red-shirts including their leaders who have been detained in various prisons in the capital and other provinces for inciting unrest and breaching emergency decree.

Source: Xinhua


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