Red-shirt leaders to meet Aug 3
Core members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will told to stay well clear of anti-government rallies when they meet in Bangkok on Saturday, Jatuporn Prompan said on Wednesday.
- Published: 31/07/2013 at 04:07 PM
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Mr Jatuporn was speaking before attending a meeting of the Pheu Thai Party's strategy committee to discuss the political situation and preparations to push contentious legislative bills through the House after parliament reopens on Thursday.
He said UDD core members from throughout the country were due to meet at Don Muang Technical College on Aug for a situation briefing.
"I will ask the red-shirts not to go near places where the anti-government protesters rally, because what the other side wants is a clash. This could lead to a really bad situation," said Mr Jatuporn, who is tipped to soon replace Thida Tawornseth as UDD chair.
Mr Jatuporn said if there were casualties as a result of a clash, the main force of the red-shirts would have no choice but to take to the streets. This would lead to a situation which the other side wants to happen, he said.
Meanwhile, a group of red-shirts led by former Lop Buri MP Suchart Lainamngern submitted a draft bill, signed by 10,999 people, seeking amnesty for criminal offenders in connection with the coup and political conflicts which occurred from 2005-2011 to Charoen Chankomol, first deputy house speaker.
Mr Charoen said the proposed bill would be examined and details verified, but this could not be completed before the amnesty bill filed by Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema is considered by the House of Representatives on Aug 7 i the first reading debate.
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