Red shirts and provincial protests

27 04 2010

Red shirt actions against the government are becoming increasingly widespread. The Bangkok Post reports multiple protests and road blocks. There was a road block in Wang Noi district in Ayutthaya and in several actions in Ayutthaya, red shirts “seized five police vans and detained six soldiers…”. Some 100 protesters led by “Puea Thai MP for Ayutthaya Surachet Chaikosol, used motorcycles and tuk tuks to block a road in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district to prevent Lop Buri police reportedly travelling in 14 vans to Bangkok.” The other vans retreated.

On the outskirts of Bangkok, some 400 red shirts set up checkpoints on Phahonyothin Road near the outer ring road.

Meanwhile, in “Saraburi’s Nong Khae district, about 200 UDD protesters blocked a section of Phahon Yothin Road to inspect vehicles heading to Bangkok…. [I]n Chachoengsao, about 200 UDD protesters used 15 songthaew passenger trucks and motorcycles to block entrances and exits at Chachoengsao police station to prevent officers from travelling to Bangkok.” Police were reported as using “road spikes on Chachongsao- Kabin Buri road.” However, the report doesn’t explain why.

In Phitsanulok “the 31st Border Patrol Police division at Fort Phraya Chakri was surrounded by the UDD-linked Red Shirt Phitsanulok 51. More than 150 officers were prevented from leaving their base for a mission in Bangkok as about 100 protesters placed logs, rocks and objects across a road in front of the division.” The BPP eventually broke through injuring some protesters.

More worrying for the government might be red shirt leader Natthawut Saikua’s statement that the protesters planned to move out of Rajaproasong to “undisclosed locations.” He said: “It’s time for another … offensive …. The government has been trying hard to crack down on the red shirt demonstration and we want them to know that we remain firm on our goal to oust the Abhisit Vejjajiva government.”


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