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Police Ordered To Maintain Law And Order

Upcoming anti-coup rallies in Thailand

Reinhard Hohler, eTN, Chiang Mai  Feb 03, 2010

According to the latest news on, police nationwide have been ordered to be prepared to maintain law and order on Thursday when the red-shirts of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) plan to stage anti-coup rallies at military camps throughout the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said regional police commanders had been instructed to be ready to cope with the expected step up in activities by the red shirts in February and March and to be ready if they instigate violence.

"All units must exercise restraint and be patient if faced with provocation," he said.

Nathawut Saikua, a UDD leader, speaking after a meeting on Wednesday, confirmed that the red shirts would tomorrow, starting at 9:00 am, rally in front of military camps throughout the country to show opposition to a possible coup.

The activities would be broadcast live on People Channel, he said.

At 10:00 am, Veera Musikhapong, as chairman of the UDD, would read an anti-coup statement as the same as red-shirt rally leaders throughout the country.

Mr. Nathawut said that on February 8, the red-shirts would rally in front of the Office of the Attorney General to ask for progress reports on the Khao Yai Thiang land case against privy councillor Surayud Chulanont and the lese majeste case against People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul.

On February 10, the red-shirts would rally from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm in front of the Royal Thai Police Office to ask about the progress of the airports blockade case against the PAD.

They would gather in front of the office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission on February 12 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm to follow up the agency's investigation into alleged corruption cases involving the Democrat party.

And, on February 15, the red-shirts would rally at the office of the Election Commission to follow up the 258-million-baht donation case against the Democrat Party, he said.

On February 26, the Supreme Court is scheduled to deliver its verdict on the 76 billion baht assests seizure case against Thaksin Shinawatra.


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