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Thailand: Group to protest against charter amendment

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The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), whose protests last year saw the closure of Bangkok airports, on Wednesday threatened to renew its mass street protest against any attempt by the Democrat-led coalition government to amend the Constitution, state news agency TNA reported.

The PAD, the so-called Yellow Shirts, expressed the group's consensus on their stance against amending the charter as they gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of last year's October 7 police crackdown which resulted in the death of two PAD protesters and wounding of some 130 others.

The PAD supporters marched from the Royal Plaza, where they performed religious ceremonies for the October 7 victims, to the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road in the afternoon. Most government offices, including the government house, are located in the area.

The group's key leaders asked their supporters to voice their opinions whether they want to rally against the Democrat-led coalition government’s move to amend the Constitution. The PAD supporters then shouted with loud cheers in support of a new mass protest.

The PAD played a pivotal role in the movement to topple the Thaksin Shinawatra government--and two successive governments which the movement accused of being Thaksin's proxies—and helped pave the way for the Democrat Party led by Abhisit Vejjajiava to rise to power.


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