White masks to join 'People's Army'
The anti-Thaksin V For Thailand white mask movement is to support the self-styled 'People's Army' in its rally in Bangkok on Aug 4.
- Published: 30/07/2013 at 04:34 PM
- Newspaper section: news
The movement announced its intention to support the rally at a press conference on Monday held by Thaikorn Polsuwan, a member of the joint staff of the People's Army.
The People's Army comprises several groups including Pitak Siam and the Thai Patriots Network, all of who oppose what they describe as the "Thaksin regime".
V For Thailand used social media to call on people from various political groups to join the Aug 4 rally to help bring an end to the Thaksin regime, which it said had caused division in Thai society.
The rally, which must be peaceful, would be called off if the government complied with protesters' demands, the white masks said.
At the press conference, Mr Thaikorn said he had heard that government had sent a secret order to the Interior and Transport ministries and the Royal Thai Police, asking them to block people from travelling to join the Aug 4 rally.
If this happened, the People's Army would file a police complaint against those agencies for abuse of power in violation of Section 157 of the Criminal Code, he said.
Mr Thaikorn said he would write to the embassies of the United States, China and European countries, as well as ASEAN, to explain the People's Army's views on the political situation in Thailand.
He declined to reveal the time and location of the rally on Aug 4 for fear they would be obstructed from taking part by government, in the same way protesters associated with Pitak Siam were prevented from attending rallies.
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- Writer: Patsara Jikkham
- Position: Reporter