2,400 Thai police deployed to curb "red-shirts" rally

15:22, October 17, 2010      

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Some 2,400 police were deployed to ensure order in central Ayutthaya province as thousands of "red- shirts" movement started gathering there Sunday morning for a massive rally.

The anti-government "red-shirts" group from several provinces is scheduled to gather at an Ayutthaya football stadium where they will arrange various activities.

The "red-shirts" supporters from the northern provinces got together at the Imperial World Ladprao department store in Bangkok Sunday morning before departing to Ayutthaya province to join with another group led by an opposition Puea Thai Party MP for Ayutthaya.

The "red-shirts" plan to erect their flag at the Pridi Thamrong Bridge at 3 p.m. to honor one of the most prominent former PM Pridi Banomyong who is native to Ayutthaya and regarded as the father of Thai democracy.

Their leaders will start making speeches at the stadium at 5 p. m.. The rally is scheduled to end at 10 p.m. when three thousands of fireworks will be let off.

The pro-Thaksin "red-shirts" movement, or the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, staged several rallies on several occasions last week to commemorate the loss of life of their members during their bloody protest from March to May this year as well as to demand for the release of the "red-shirts" inmates who have been detained for inciting unrest and breaching laws.

Source: Xinhua


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