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The red shirt movement will lobby the government to either review the Truth for Reconciliation Commission (TRC) final report or shelve it, saying the 351-page document is biased and likening it to a poison. 

Tida Tawornseth, chairwoman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), told a press conference on Friday that the report was partial because some people who had "negative attitudes" toward the UDD had been appointed to the TRC subcommittee. She said, for example, that Metha Meskow had once worked in the Democratic  campaign committee, which was allied with the yellow-shirt People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD). He also had close ties with Suriyasai Katasila, a former PAD coordinator, she added.She also mentioned another subcommittee member identified as Chaiwat Treewittaya, a leader of PAD security guards, saying that Kanit Na Nakorn, the TRC chairman, had known about this.    Sathit Pitutecha, a Democrat MP for Rayong, countered that the UDD should put the best interests of the country first.The Pheu Thai-led government should also keep its promise that it would support Mr Kanit's efforts to find out the truth about the violence during the red-shirt protests in April and May 2010, to bring about reconciliation, he added.Mr Sathit said that if the red-shirts reject the TRC report and keep on moving against its recommendations, the political and social conflict would never end and that could lead to severe damage to the country.The red-shirts should allow the justice system to rule on which parties were right or wrong in connection with the bloodshed, he added.Mrs Tida said she would soon meet with Deputy...

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