Updated: Red shirts mark anniversary

9 04 2011

MCOT News reports on preparations for the Sunday rally by red shirts to mark the anniversary of the 10 April 2010 crackdown on red shirt protesters.

The red shirts of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will rally on Sunday “to commemorate colleagues killed” and will concentrate at Rajadamnoen and Khok Wua.

Jatuporn Prompan and Thida Tawornsate Tojirakarn coordinated with senior ppolice whom they met to provide details of the rally.

The police will reportedly deploy between 22-23 companies of police “to ensure that no violence occurred during the rally.” No red shirt rallies since May 2010 have seen any violence.

Jatuporn hoped former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra would speak to the rally via video link.

Update: From the Bangkok Post:

Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered the setting up of a war room to monitor the planned mass rally by the red-shirt supporters of United front for Democracy against Dictatorship at Democracy monument on Sunday….

The army expected about 75,000 red-shirts to turn out on Sunday to hold an activity to mark the first year anniversary of the deadly clash between red-shirt protesters and the military at Khok Wua intersection last April.

Gen Prayuth said he was concerned that some red-shirt demonstrators might attack the high institution and incite violence and therefore the army war room was set up.

The war room, chaired by Gen Daopong, will 24-hour monitor the situation and all speeches delivered at the rally stage by UDD core leaders. Legal action will be taken against all law violators.

All army units in Bangkok are ordered to standby at their barracks to help police maintain law and order, if an emergency situation occurs.

Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Saturday that there was no intelligence report saying that the red-shirts are planning to incite unrest during their rally at the Democracy monument on Sunday.

Mr Suthep was confident that police are capable of controlling the situation.

As usual, the Army does what it wants, when it wants and how it wants.



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