Court rejects petitions to stop rally

The Constitution Court has decided not to accept for consideration three petitions asking it to order the Pitak Siam group to cancel its planned rally on Nov 24, ruling that there is no evidence the organisers plan to illegally topple a democratic administration under the constitutional monarchy.

The petitions, filed by former senator Ruangkrai Leekijwattana, Pheu Thai Party member Singthong Buachum and lawyer Nuengdin Wimuttinant, argued that the rally was in violation of Section 68 of the constitution.

The court said that from its questioning of lawyers who represented Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, or Seh Ai, leader of the Pitak Siam group, and AVM Vachara Ritthakhani, the group's spokesman, the two had never said that they wanted to "freeze" the country under military rule.

The lawyers said what the two men meant was to "freeze" crooked politicians for five years, to prevent them from seeking benefits for their own benefit.

The court was given assurances that the planned rally was meant only as a show of force to demand the government's resignation. If the demand was unsuccessfull, the protest would be called off.

The rally was not intended to take over state power through illegal means, the court was told.

There were no indications that the rally would lead to an illegal exercise of rights and liberties under the constitution to topple democratic rule under the constitutional monarchy, or to capture administrative power through undemocratic means.

The court, therefore, decided not to accept the petitions for consideration.

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