ACT plans walks, oath ceremonies

ACT plans walks, oath ceremonies

The leader of the Seri Ruam Thai, Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, centre, poses for photos along with other party figures at its first meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)
The leader of the Seri Ruam Thai, Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, centre, poses for photos along with other party figures at its first meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

The Action Coalition for Thailand Party (ACT) on Wednesday announced its plan to carry out an activity described as "walks to pay respect to the land", which begins on Thursday in Bangkok.

Thaweesak Na Takuathung, secretary-general of the party, said the walks have already been approved by the Election Commission (EC).

The activity was a resolution made by the party's co-founders, who recently met after the EC endorsed ACT's registration, he said.

The first walk will be to the statue of King Rama I on Prajadhipok Road in Bangkok's Phra Nakhon district, where the party plans to hold an oath ceremony before moving on to meet people in Worachak and nearby areas, he said.

The ACT also plans to carry out similar walks in Sukhumvit on Thursday.

Other walks are planned in the Yaowarat area on Saturday, along Silom on Monday, in both Sathon and Bang Rak on Tuesday, and then Pratunam on Wednesday.

Next month, similar walks will be organised for the eastern provinces, beginning with Chanthaburi province, he said.

The party has also planned another walk in Yala province's southernmost district in Betong on Nov 30, said Samran Rodpetch, a party co-founder.

Meanwhile, former national police chief Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, who is now the leader of the Thai Liberal Party, or Seri Ruam Thai, on Wednesday vowed to pursue the dissolution of a dictatorship hidden beneath the veil of a democratic party.

He stopped short of naming the party he accused of being pro-dictatorship, but instead hinted that the party was formed by four people in the current regime.

Pol Gen Sereepisuth said that the upcoming general election would be plagued with the worst electoral fraud that Thailand has ever seen, saying that such fraud was already evident since the drafting of the charter, the referendum on the draft of the charter, as well as in the drafting of organic laws related to the election.

When asked whether or not the Thai Liberal Party is affiliated with the Pheu Thai Party, Pol Gen Sereepisuth said his party is ready to work with any political parties that believe in and practise real democracy.

He also said that he is confident that his party would gain as many as 80 seats in parliament, and that he is ready to take on the role of being Thailand’s next prime minister.

He added that the country will be plunged into yet another political crisis if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha returns as prime minister after the election, as the new government would not be able to run the country.

"So why vote [for the pro-regime camp]?" he said.


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