Rally begins at RTC

Today's rally at the Royal Turf Club, or the Nang Loeng racecourse, will not drag on beyond 5.30pm, Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit said on Sunday morning.

Speaking in an interview with the Nation Channel, Gen Boonlert, also known as Seh Ai, reaffirmed that the intentions of organising the rally were to attack the government for allowing people to insult the monarchy without taking action against them, for being a nominee of deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and for corrupt practices, particularly involving the rice-pledging scheme.

Asked to comment on the result of an opinion poll which indicated that he did not have enough reasons to justify holding the rally, Gen Boonlert said he was not worried, claiming that he had received a lot of phone calls giving him moral support.

He said if the number of people taking part in the rally was below 10,000 he would call it off and would not organise another.

But if the number of participants was over 50,000, the rally would be extended for another day.

Today's rally would not drag on beyond 5.30pm, Gen Boonlert said.

As of 10.30am, about 1,000 people had begun to gather at the Nang Loeng racecourse.

Pol Maj-Gen Parinya Chansuriya, the deputy metropolitan police chief, said three companies of police, or about 450 men, were deployed in the racecourse and outside to ensure law and order.

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