White masks return in muted numbers
- Published: 14/07/2013 at 10:46 PM
- Online news:
The anti-government V for Thailand group resumed their weekend gathering on Sunday at the King Rama VI statue at Lumpini Park on Rama IV Road.
About 800 protesters showed up. The number was far below the group’s previous rally which reached over 3,000 at its peak.
About 800 white-mask protesters of the anti-government V for Thailand group gather in front of the King Rama VI statue at Lumpini Park on Sunday. The group has resumed its rallies after briefly suspending them earlier this month. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)
The gathering took place after the group, widely known as the white masks, previously declared it would suspend its weekly gatherings in Bangkok following an alleged attempt by another group to throw them off balance.
Some white-mask protesters gathered at CentralWorld shopping mall before proceeding to protest at the police headquarters on Rama I Road.
The white-masked protesters who gathered at Lumpini Park wrote anti-government messages on three pieces of white cloth each 300 metres long.
Some protesters used loudspeakers to attack the government, its policies including the rice-pledging scheme and premier Yingluck Shinawatra.
The protesters rallied without a leader and dispersed about 5pm.
A company of about 100 police was deployed to maintain order, with no reports of violence. The protesters agreed they would hold a rally again at CentralWorld on July 22.
The V for Thailand group announced on its Facebook page on July 2 it would suspend its weekly gathering in Bangkok. But just one day later, it said it would carry on with the campaign against the government, leading observers to wonder if the growing movement is experiencing unity problems.
About the author
Writer: Manop Thip-Osod