Thai 'yellow-shirts' continues rally

Updated: 2011-01-26 16:41
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Thai 'yellow-shirts' continues rally
Supporters of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) gather outside the Government House in Bangkok Jan 25, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

BANGKOK - The nationalistic People's Alliance for Democracy, dubbed "yellow-shirt" movement, continued to hold a peaceful rally for the second day on Wednesday to press for the government to respond to its demands.

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Traffic around PAD rally site and near the Government House where Thai Patriots Network (TPN) protesters, a splinter group of PAD, are gathering, has been completely blocked.

PAD demands the government to revoke the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Thailand and Cambodia in 2000 as a demarcation framework, to pull out as a party to the World Heritage Convention and to push Cambodian soldiers and people out of disputed areas.

The PAD vowed to continue with the rally until their demands are met.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva insisted earlier that his government will not bow to pressure from PAD and its allies, citing the protesters' actual goal is not to push for the revocation of the memorandum, but to oust the government from office.

PAD core-leader Chamlong Srimuang said on Wednesday that the group plans to take legal action against the prime minister and Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban for dereliction of duty.

"The PAD's legal team is preparing documents to file a suit against Abhisit, Suthep and other ministers in charge of protecting the territory of our country with the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions and the National Counter Corruption Commission," Chamlong said.

He said PAD leaders believed Thailand had lost some sovereignty to Cambodia after they talked with the five Thais who were arrested in Cambodia for trespassing on Cambodian territory on Dec 29.

The rally outside Government House will not move anywhere during the next couple of days and the intensity will not yet be leveled up, according to Chamlong.

"We'll see how the government responds to our demands," Chamlong said.  

In 2008, the yellow-shirt PAD's protracted protests culminated in the seizure of the Government House and two international airports to pressure PM Samak Sudaravej and later Somchai Wongsawat, whom they saw as nominees of the fugitive ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, to resign consecutively.

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