Thursday, 12 May 2011

Red Shirt News

DAAD to Continue Activities During Election Period

The acting leader of the red-shirt movement has denied reports that ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has asked the group's supporters not to participate in the election activities of the Pheu Thai Party.

Thida Thawornset, caretaker chairperson of the Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship or DAAD, denied reports that former prime minister and de facto leader of the Pheu Thai Party Thaksin Shinawatra has asked red-shirt supporters not to attend the party's election campaign rallies.

She stressed that the the DAAD will continue its regular activities during the election period, and that no members have been advised not to participate in its activities, even those who are candidates in the upcoming poll.

Thida asked red-shirt supporters not to accept money from strangers during the election and to refrain from making accusations without substantiating facts or evidence.

The acting red-shirt leader added that she has advised speakers at rallies not to help promote or campaign for the Pheu Thai Party.

On May 19, the DAAD will host an event to commemorate a one-year anniversary of last year's bloody end to the mass protest at Ratchaprasong Intersection.

The program starts at 4.30 P.M. with an alms-giving ceremony with 92 Buddhist monks, followed by a commemoration for fallen demonstrators.

Regarding a ceremony for political parties to sign a pact organized by the director of Mahidol University's Research Center for Peace, Khothom Areeya, Thida said there is no need for the red-shirt group to take part in the activity as it is not a political party.

She demanded Khothom to get to bottom of the deaths at Pathumwanaram Temple.

Khothom was the one who proposed the designation of the temple as a no-violence area.

Court Revokes Jatuporn's Bail

The Criminal Court has revoked red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan's bail after he violated bail conditions.

The court also found fellow red shirt supporter Nisit Sintuprai guilty of violating bail conditions as well.

Seven others were released due to lack of evidence.

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