Thai anti-gov't "red-shirt" agree to minimize rally disorder

16:34, January 21, 2011      

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The anti-government "red-shirt" camp and business operators at the regular rally venue have reached an agreement on the timing of the red-shirt's rally planned for this Sunday, English-language Bangkok Post daily newspaper reported on Friday.

Red-shirt leaders agreed not to inconvenience the public and not to disrupt businesses in the area. Business operators in the Ratchaprasong area accepted the red-shirt's plan to hold its gathering and related activities on Sunday, said Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy commissioner for security affairs Kreerin Inkaeo.

The red-shirt leaders in December last year announced that they would rally twice a month to commemorate the military crackdown on the red-shirt protesters on April 10 on historical Ratchadamnoen avenue and May 19 at the Ratchaprasong intersection last year.

On the latest rally on Jan. 8, the red-shirt supporters started gathering at the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen avenue around noon and later moved to the Ratchaprasong intersection in the evening. The rally ended around 8 p.m.

The bureau on Thursday held a second meeting of red-shirt leaders and representatives of the business community led by Chai Srivikorn, president of the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association.

Business operators had complained that the red-shirt movement's rallies had prevented trade in one of the country's busiest commercial areas.

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