Isan reds to flex muscle on Jan 13

About 200,000 red-shirts will rally in 20 northeastern provinces to express opposition to another military coup and the Bangkok shutdown by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on Jan 13, according to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

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Anuwat Thinnaratch, chairman of the UDD in the Northeast, said on Wednesday that a meeting of UDD regional leaders in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday agreed that the red-shirts should flex their muscle and  show that most Thais oppose the actions of the anti-government protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban.

Mr Anuwat said he would work with all regional leaders in asking them to launch campaigns in their respective areas to encourage supporters to join the planned UDD rallies on Jan 13, from 9am onward.

He expected at least 10,000 people in each of the 20 provinces, or about 200,000 people in the Northeast, would take to the streets on Monday.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, he said, the red-shirts will gather on Chumphol road and after that they would march to the provincial hall.

Asked about concerns the red-shirts might confront the anti-government protesters, Mr Anuwat said the red-shirts were not afraid of any possible confrontation. They would no longer allow the PDRC to further destroy the country.

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