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Red shirt hardliner seeks 600,000 men

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  • Writer: Prasit Tangprasert, Chakrapan Natunri and Wassana Nanuam
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Deputy secretary-general to the prime minister and red-shirt leader Suporn Attawong on Thursday announced plans to recruit 600,000 young men to join the new pro-government Democracy Protection Volunteers Group this year, a move that raises concerns about the possibility of the country descending into civil war. 

Red-shirt leader Suporn Attawong, centre, says he targets 600,000 volunteers to join the new pro-democracy movement whose initial registration is scheduled to open in 20 northeastern provinces this Saturday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert).

Mr Suporn was speaking at a press conference held at a hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district to announce the establishment of the volunteers group in 20 northeastern provinces. He was accompanied by more than 20 volunteer leaders and supporters from provinces in the Northeast. 

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