Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

The next anti-government rally will be called off if the number of people it draws is likely to be fewer than the target of one million, Pitak Siam Group leader Boonlert Kaewprasit said on Sunday.

Gen Boonlert had earlier planned to hold another rally late this month, aiming to attract up to one million protesters to oust the government he says is "plagued with corruption". The first rally on Oct 28 drew about 20,000 participants.

Before the rally is held, he said, the number of people taking part will be closely watched. If it was likely to be fewer than the target of one million, the rally would be called off.

However, the Pitak Siam group is firm in its stand to seek the government's ouster, Gen Boonlert said.

Gen Boonlert, alias Seh Ai, dismissed as untrue speculation that his group was backed by Gen Surayud Chulanont, the privy councillor and former prime minister.

"I am not happy to see people trying to link Gen Surayud with the group.

"I don't want him to be implicated although he and I are from the same class at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School," he said.

Sqd Ldr Prasong Soonsiri (left) and Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

Gen Boonlert stressed that if the people did not join the rally in large numbers it will be called off.

On the red shirts' plan to hold an anti-Pitak Siam Group rally on Nov 18, Seh Ai said he did not think it would turn violent because his group adheres to law and order.

Meanwhile, former senator Ruangkrai Leekijwattana said a petition will be filed with the Constitution Court against Gen Boonlert and Sqd Ldr Prasong Soonsiri for rebellion in connection with the Pitak Siam's anti-government rally last month.

Mr Ruangkrai said he would file the petition directly with the Constitution Court on Monday.

Gen Boonlert's speech made to the rally he organised at the Royal Turf Club last Sunday clearly instigated the toppling of an administration in a democracy under the monarchy in violation of Article 113 of the Criminal Code.

Sqd Ldr Prasong, a former chief of the National Security Council, in joining the rally after being invited by Gen Boonlert, had also violated Article 83 in addition to Article 113 of the Criminal Code.

The former senator said Gen Boonlert's announcement to call another major rally with the aim of ousting the government was also an infringement of a democratic administration and the monarchy.

The petition to be filed will ask the Constitution Court to immediately order Gen Boonlert, Sqd Ldr Prasong, and others concerned to call off the plan to hold another rally late this  month.

About the author

columnist
Writer: Online Reporters
Position: Online Reporters