Thai red shirts consider airport rally

Thai "red shirt" demonstrators are planning a symbolic rally next week near Bangkok's main airport.

Thai red shirts consider airport rally

Thai "red shirt" demonstrators are planning a symbolic rally next week near Bangkok's main airport, but insisted on Wednesday there would be no repeat of a crippling blockade a year ago by a rival protest movement.

The anti-government group said it was considering a brief demonstration on the road leading to Suvarnabhumi Airport to highlight the government's failure to prosecute "yellow shirt" protestors who shut down two airports in December 2008.

The eight-day blockade by the yellow-shirted People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which helped undermine two governments backed by exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, disrupted trade and left at least 230,000 tourists stranded.

Most significant, the "red shirts" say, is the failure to prosecute those behind the siege.

The blockade ended only after a court dissolved the pro-Thaksin People's Power Party government, ushering in the current administration, led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's Democrats.

"If we go to the airport, it will be a symbolic rally. We won't bring many people," said Arisman Pongruangrong, a folk singer and key activist with the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the "red shirts" formal name.

"We won't close the airport or shut down traffic," he added during a short rally by dozens of protesters at the prime minister's office on Wednesday.


Reuters


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