People’s Army firm on Aug 4 rally

The People's Army against the Thaksin Regime will definitely hold a mass gathering on Aug 4 as promised earlier, co-leader Thaikorn Polsuwan confirmed on Saturday.

  • Published: 27/07/2013 at 04:33 PM
  • Newspaper section: news

The government has failed to respond to its demands within the seven-day deadline and therefore the group has a legitimate right to rally to overthrow the Yingluck Shinawatra administration, Mr Thaikorn said.

He insisted that the protest would be peaceful and without any seizures or setting fire to public or private buildings.

Mr Thaikorn refused to say where the rally would be held.

The group has been formed from remnants of the Pitak Siam movement that emerged last year. Pitak Siam staged a rally in November but a massive police presence prevented many people from attending. The movement's leader at the time, retired general Boonlert Kaewprasit, stepped down.

The People's Army last Saturday called for action against critics of the monarchy, especially those in the camp of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

As well, it demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa from the defence and deputy defence portfolios respectively.

The group also called for stern measures to curb the rising cost of living, the end of the 350-billion-baht water management scheme and the 2-trillion-baht infrastructure investments, and the withdrawal of all reconciliation and amnesty bills aimed at bringing Thaksin home.

It gave the government seven days to act on the demands or face a peaceful rally on Aug 4.

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