Thailand's pro-gov't Red Shirts to counter "Bangkok shutdown"

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-1-10 13:59:19

Thailand's pro-government Red Shirt activists said Friday they will hold rallies at various locations in the country this weekend in a prelude to their stand against the anti-government protesters' move to occupy Bangkok on Monday.

Vorachai Hema, former Pheu Thai Party member of parliament, said he would lead people in suburban Samut Prakan province to rally at the provincial hall on Sunday before moving to a yet-to- be-announced destination.

Yoswaris Chuklom, also known as Jeng Dokchik by his stage name as a comedian, and Anuwat Thinrat said they will lead another pro- government group to rally at the ThaiCom satellite station in Nonthaburi on Sunday before marching to the provincial hall and the central market.

Another Red Shirt group, to be led by Prachuab Ramsoi, will gather at Pathum Thani province on the outskirts of Bangkok the same day.

Vorachai said the Red Shirt members will hold countrywide movement on Monday and set up four major stages in Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchthani, Khon Kaen and Ayutthaya, while no activity will be carried out in Bangkok.

He said the anti-government movement of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) led by Suthep, has impacted people's daily life.

Vorachai called on students, businessmen and people who disagreed with the PDRC's "Bangkok shutdown" on Monday to gather and rally at eight major spots in the capital including Victory Monument, The Mall Bangkapi and Imperial Lat Prao Saturday.

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