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The Constitution Court has decided not to accept for consideration three petitions asking it to order the Pitak Siam group to cancel its planned rally on Nov 24, ruling that there is no evidence the organisers plan to illegally topple a democratic administration under the constitutional monarchy. 

The petitions, filed by former senator Ruangkrai Leekijwattana, Pheu Thai Party member Singthong Buachum and lawyer Nuengdin Wimuttinant, argued that the rally was in violation of Section 68 of the constitution.

The court said that from its questioning of lawyers who represented Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, or Seh Ai, leader of the Pitak Siam group, and AVM Vachara Ritthakhani, the group's spokesman, the two had never said that they wanted to "freeze" the country under military rule.

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