Democrats expand Samsen rally site
- Published: 1 Nov 2013 at 14.16
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The Democrat Party is expanding its anti-amnesty bill protest site near Samsen train station to allow for an influx of demonstrators joining the rally on Friday night.
Party MP Phutthipong PunnakantaI said the decision to expand the site was made as officials prepared for the second day of the rally close to Democrat headquarters.
Democrat MPs have erected extra tents along Kamphaeng Phet 5 road, from the intersection with Sethasiri road to the intersection with Nakhon Chaisri road.
Additional drinking water, toilet facilities, projectors, lights and speakers have been delivered to the site after people attending the rally on Thursday night complained that they could not see or hear protest leaders on stage.
There is usually a small market in the area on Friday evenings. The Democrat Party is liaising with the organisers of the market and has agreed to buy food from vendors to the value of what they would usually earn on a Friday night. The food will be given to demonstrators.
Democrat Party MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thaugsuban is leading the protest against the blanket amnesty bill, which attracted more than 10,000 people on Thursday evening. The majority of demonstrators left the site late Thursday night, leaving only 200 to 300 protesters sleeping in the area.
Despite street protests in Samsen and Uruphong, the House of Representatives passed both second and third readings of the controversial blanket amnesty bill in the early hours of Friday morning, after Democrat Party opposition members walked out of parliament in the face of certain defeat.