Thai "red shirts" move rally to old-town Bangkok

10:17, January 24, 2011      

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Members of "red shirts" attend a rally near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Jan. 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

Thai anti-government "red-shirts" on Sunday moved their rally from a central commercial district to a historical avenue in the capital's old-town part after recent complaints by business operators.

Thousands of the red-shirts gathered briefly in early afternoon at Ratchaprasong intersection, an upscale shopping district in central Bangkok, but then moved to Ratdamneng avenue, where they rallied at the Democracy Monument, the venue of many major Thai political events in the past.

The red-shirts' rally on Jan. 9, also a Sunday, scared some shoppers away from Ratchaprasong and caused heavy traffic congestion during shopping hours in Sunday's afternoon in the neighborhood, prompting business operators and retailers to complain to the government.

The red-shirts, also known as the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), lit candles later in the evening in commemorating 91 people killed during their protests from March to May last year, ended by a deadly military crack-down at Ratchaprasong.

There has been no report of any violence at the protest.

They plan to call off their rally at mid-night on Sunday, saying that they will now rally once a month in Bangkok.

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