Key government figures have dismissed red-shirt supporters' plan to hold counter-rallies against the Pitak Siam group, saying the move is unnecessary.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung yesterday said there is no need for supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to travel to Bangkok to show their opposition to the Pitak Siam (Protecting Siam) group led by Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit.
Mr Chalerm was responding to the threat by Udon Thani red-shirt leader Kwanchai Praipana, who announced on Monday that red-shirt supporters from 20 provinces are ready to counter any further anti-government rallies led by Pitak Siam. However, Mr Chalerm said if the red shirts were unhappy they could protest symbolically at provincial halls.
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