Charter amendments to test Thai ruling coalition's partnership (3)

19:36, January 24, 2011      

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PRESSURE OUTSIDE THE PARLIAMENT

Apart from the upcoming political debate in the parliament, the Abhisit government will be facing major protests by the "yellow- shirts", also known as People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), against its handling of the Thai-Cambodian border disputes.

They plan to start their rally on Tuesday on Ratdamnern Road in the old-town part of Bangkok near the Parliament House.

PAD spokesman Panthep Pourpongpan told Xinhua over the phone on Monday that PAD wanted the government to scrap the existing memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Thailand and Cambodia in 2000 as the framework for settling the two countries' disputed border areas.

Panthep said PAD also wanted the government to move out Cambodians who are occupying the disputed areas.

"We will continue our protest until our demands are met," Panthep said in the interview.

He said PAD will join force with another group of nationalistic campaigners, known as Thailand Patriots Network (TPN), who are staging their rally in front of the Government House, also in demanding the Abhisit government to better handling the border issue with Phnom Penh.

Panthep did not rule out the possibility that PAD and TPN supporters could move to the Parliament House, where the proposed constitutional amendments will be being debated.
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