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Anti-Thaksin group to resume protests

 


March 13, 2008

THAILAND/POLITICS
Anti-Thaksin group to resume protests

Anti-ThaksinAlleging interference in the graft trial, People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which launched street rallies against former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, said it would start rallying the public again.

"On March 28 we plan to resume fighting -- it will be our first gathering since the coup," said PAD spokesman Suriyasai Katasila.

However, the group does not plan to take to the streets. The PAD's first event would be a seminar to chart a political struggle and raise awareness on the abuse of power by the government and allies of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The seminar will take place at Thammasat University's Auditorium.

"The country's main problem is the struggle between two forces - the evil capitalist dictatorship and the opposition movement led by PAD and civic groups," PAD spokesman Suriyasai Katasila said on Wednesday.

Suriyasai voiced concerns that the government was trying to revive the police state which thrived in the Thaksin administration and that it was tampering with the justice system in order to help Thaksin and his allies eluding the law.

PAD members accuse Thaksin's allies in Thailand's new government of moving pro-Thaksin officials and police officers into high-level positions, which they claim will influence corruption cases against the ousted prime minister.


Elections in December brought Thaksin's allies in the People Power Party into government, paving the way for the businessman-turned-politician to return home on February 28 after 17 months in self-imposed exile.

Demonstrations led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) against alleged corruption under Thaksin drew tens of thousands of people two years ago, and fuelled political instability which led to the coup that toppled him.


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