Reds defend self-styled district marker
A red shirt leader in Phayao on Sunday said his group’s installation of a roadside marker which contains a message that reads “red-shirt district” near the entrance to Chun district of the northern province was only a symbolic political gesture and not meant to be taken as an official marker.
- Published: 26/05/2013 at 10:02 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The roadside marker that states that Chun district in Phayao province is a “red-shirt district” can be seen clearly by motorists.
Thanapat Chaichana, leader of the red shirts in Phayao, was speaking after Democrat deputy spokeswoman Mallika Boonmeetrakool claimed 500 residents in Chun district were upset by the marker and had lodged complaints with her.
The red district marker is erected on the hilly side of the Phayao-Chun road and can be clearly seen by motorists.
It contains an image of the 1932 Constitution sitting on top of two golden offering bowls – the symbol of democracy – with the controversial message under it. The marker is flanked by two small red shirt flags.
Mr Thanapat accused Ms Mallika of politicising the issue and called on her to reveal the names of the complainants.
“If [the complaints] are true, our group is willing to listen to their opinion as well. If [Ms Mallika] wants to politicise this, the red shirts of Phayao are pleased to exchange [opinions] with her,” Mr Thanapat said.
Chun district chief Waradisorn On-nuch said he would report the incident to the Interior Ministry. He said the marker had been installed before he was transferred to work in the district.
Mr Waradisorn said there were no conflicts or divisions among local residents.
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