Thai "red-shirt' told to stay away from parliament rally

20:40, November 22, 2010      

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An anti-government red-shirt leader on Monday told their supporters to stay away from the parliament where its opponent "yellow-shirt" People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) will hold a rally against constitutional amendment on Tuesday.

Jatuporn Prompan, red-shirt co-leader and Puea Thai MP said at the Puea Thai head office that the red-shirts should definitely not show up in front of parliament during the joint sitting this week.

The PAD will hold a rally in front of the parliament from November 23 to 25 as the joint sitting of bicameral parliament will debate on the constitution amendment.

Jatuporn said he did not think the amendment bill proposed by another red-shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn would be accepted for debate.

The Puea Thai Party would concentrate on the next general election and its campaign theme would be to bring back the 1977 constitution, he said.

The rally would begin at 8 a.m. local time on the three days when a joint sitting of the parliament will be held to deliberate four charter amendment drafts -- two proposed by the government, one by Weng, and one by 102 MPs of various parties.

The PAD said the two drafts approved by the cabinet were to serve the interests of politicians without benefiting the country or the people.

The draft proposed by Weng was based on the 1997 constitution and the PAD had opposed it since 2008.

After the coup that ousted then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinnawatra in 2006, Thailand has long been struggling with polarized political conflict with two main camps -- pro- establishment and anti-Thaksin yellow-shirt and anti-coup and pro- Thaksin red-shirt.



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