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Thai Nationalist Group to Rally Indefinitely Over Cambodia Border Dispute

Thai nationalist protesters will rally “indefinitely” starting tomorrow
to pressure the government into taking stronger action in a border
dispute with Cambodia, leader Chamlong Srimuang said. Photographer:
Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
Thai nationalist protesters will
rally “indefinitely” starting tomorrow to pressure the
government into taking stronger action in a border dispute with Cambodia, leader Chamlong Srimuang said.
The People’s Alliance for Democracy wants Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to drop out of the United Nations’ World
Heritage Committee, cancel a 2000 memorandum of understanding
with Cambodia concerning border negotiations and urge Cambodians
to withdraw from disputed border areas, Chamlong said.
“We will gather indefinitely if Abhisit doesn’t come out
to protect the country,” he told reporters in Bangkok.
In 2008, the group stayed on Bangkok’s streets for more
than six months in a bid to force ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra’s
allies from power, culminating in an eight-day seizure of
Bangkok’s airports. The protest ended after a court disbanded
the ruling party, and Abhisit took power two weeks later in a
parliamentary vote.
The protest will begin at 2 p.m. on a bridge less than a
kilometer from the prime minister’s office, known as Government
House, which the group occupied for three months in 2008.
“We won’t get into Government House tomorrow or the next
day, but I don’t know yet about the following days,” Chamlong
said.
 
Thailand’s SET Index fell 3 percent as of 12:30 p.m. local
time, poised for its biggest drop since May 25.
Relations between Thailand and Cambodia soured in 2008 when
a Thai court ordered a Thaksin-linked government to withdraw
support for Cambodia’s bid to list the disputed Preah Vihear
temple as a World Heritage site. Gun battles in the area since
2008 have killed at least six soldiers.
To contact the reporter on this story:
Supunnabul Suwannakij in Bangkok at
ssuwannakij@bloomberg.net;
Daniel Ten Kate in Bangkok at
dtenkate@bloomberg.net
To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Peter Hirschberg in Hong Kong at
phirschberg@bloomberg.net
Bloomberg 
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