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PAD activists start fresh rally, block traffic on Ratchadamnoen Avenue

BANGKOK, Jan 25 — The ‘Yellow Shirt’ People’s Alliance for
Democracy (PAD) kicked off their fresh demonstration on Tuesday
afternoon at Makkhawan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue to press the
government to accept their demands over the Thai-Cambodian border
disputes.

Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue between Misakawan intersection and Makkhawan
Bridge was totally closed for vehicles as a stage, tents and facilities
for encampment were set up.

Key PAD leader Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang threatened to prolong the
rally nearby Government House until Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
responds to their demands.

He said firstly the government must revoke the 2000 Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) signed by Thailand and Cambodia concerning their
border disputes. The ultra nationalist movement claimed that the 2000
MoU puts Thailand at a disadvantage in handling such disputes with the
neighbouring country.

Second, the government must withdraw from the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World
Heritage Committee and remove Cambodian people from disputed border
areas near Preah Vihear Temple.

Gen Chamlong stressed that there would be no negotiation with the government on its request to end the demonstration.

The former Bangkok governor said that he was well aware that the rally
would affect the traffic and student access to schools as there are
many schools around the protest site, but he asked for understanding as
the issue of territorial integrity was very important.

The PAD co-leader said that he is unworried about the security measures
even though the seizure of home-made bombs and ammunition, and the
arrest of five men claiming that they have targeted causing trouble at
the demonstration.

Gen Chamlong said he believes the capability of the police and the
cooperation on the security measures to ensure the safety of the
protesters.

Security has been tightened around Government House where 24 companies
of police — some 4,000 personnel — were deployed early Tuesday to
ensure law and order. (MCOT online news)

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