BANGKOK - Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit has stepped down from the leadership role of the anti-government Pitak Siam group, and says he will have no hand in organising future political protests.
Gen Boonlert on Monday also denied having accepted money from fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to end the mass rally at the Royal Plaza on Saturday.
The retired general said he decided to call off the mass gathering because he did not want to put supporters in harm's way, pointing to the morning clashes in which the riot police fired tear gas at the crowd. Scores of people were injured and taken to hospitals that day.
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