Red Shirts Silom Rally

BANGKOK, April 17 (TNA) - Thailand's anti-government 'Red Shirt' United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) movement on Saturday announced that will rally at the Bangkok Bank headquarters in Silom Road but no date has been set, according to UDD leader Suporn Atthawong.

Mr Suporn, known by the nickname ‘Isan Rambo,’ said UDD leaders meeting Saturday agreed with his idea to rally in front of the Bangkok Bank headquarters on Silom Road, a prime business district, but the date is undecided as they must determine if they have sufficient numbers of protesters at Ratchaprasong on Monday and Tuesday to permit a number to be detached and move in a smaller group to the bank.

If there is a rally there, he said, it must be a big group and he expected to hold it before April 21 because it was reported that the government would try to disperse the protesters by then.

Bangkok Bank is a prime target of UDD, which had rallied there in February.

Meanwhile UDD leader Jatuporn Prompan warned Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Army Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda to enforce the Emergency Decree without prejudice as it should also be applied against the multi-coloured group which gathered at the 11th Infantry Regiment on Friday and at the Victory Monument every evening.

The group went to the 11th Infantry Regiment to show their support toward the prime minister and voiced objection to House dissolution.

Mr Jatuporn said that the plan of the 24 UDD leaders who were the subjects of arrest warrants to turn themselves to police on May 15 did not mean that they were defeated but that they want to end the annoyance.

He said the UDD believed that they could gain what they are demanding, or win over the government, before May 15.

The Red Shirts began the current mass rally in mid-March demanding that the prime minister dissolve Parliament and called for fresh general election. (TNA)