||17 August 2009
Supporters of ex-Thai PM seeks royal pardon
Supporters of ousted ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra gathered in Bangkok Sunday in preparation to join a mass demonstration Monday to submit a petition to seek a royal pardon for him, reported state news agency TNA.
About 1,500 police officials were set to start providing security at the Thai capital’s Sanam Luang ceremonial ground at 9 pm Sunday as members of the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the ‘Red Shirts’ from upcountry Sunday evening began congregating at the site where Monday’s expected mass gathering will take place.
The petitioners plan to march from Sanam Luang to the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary at the Grand Palace at 1pm to hand over the petition.
The UDD leader earlier announced that the group have collected nearly six million signatures to seek a royal pardon for Mr Thaksin who is now living in self-imposed exile after being convicted last October to a two-year jail term for abuse of authority regarding an irregular Bangkok land purchase.
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