Samut Prakan red-shirt rally cancelled

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship has cancelled tomorrow's planned red-shirt rally at Bang Pu in Samut Prakan for fear of violence, UDD chair Tida Tawornseth said on Thursday.

The Jan 31 rally in Muang district was intended to be a mass gathering of red-shirts from across the country.

Mrs Tida said the rally had been cancelled because of concerns that it could be targeted by troublemakers, but she encouraged red-shirts to hold rallies in their home provinces in support of the Feb 2 general election.

She said information obtained by core UDD leader Jatuporn Prompan indicated that people were plotting to create unrest at the rally, adding that red-shirts from other provinces may have struggled to get to Bang Pu and locate the rally site.

"We reached a conclusion last night that we should not risk facing off with hooligans. We want to avoid unnecessary violence and casualties which could affect the election," Ms Tida said.

The UDD chair urged the red-shirts to monitor the situation at polling units on Feb 2 to help prevent any untoward incidents.

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Discussion 1 : 30/01/2014 at 07:22 PM
They like to think they are!
Discussion 2 : 30/01/2014 at 06:43 PM
The article says : Mrs Tida said the rally had been cancelled because of concerns that it could be targeted by trouble makers, Who you think these troublemakers could be. Maybe the Cambodians who crossed the border during the night, see the article Isoc denies foreign forces in Thailand published in BP.
Discussion 3 : 30/01/2014 at 05:34 PM
It's more likely they could not attract enough people. from iPhone application.
Discussion 4 : 30/01/2014 at 05:29 PM
Or maybe its because they can't get the numbers.
Discussion 5 : 30/01/2014 at 05:28 PM
Thida and Chatuporn fear that the number of red-shirts coming out will not as big and massive as they boasted of, resulting in their losing faces because of recent threat against farmers who protested against the UDD-supported government in demand for their money under the rice-pledging scheme. In addition, it is doubtful who will pay for expenses of transporting the red shirts from the North and Northeast. And if the money is half-paid, nobody can guarantee whether the red-shirts will go back to their home provinces in time to cast ballots
Discussion 6 : 30/01/2014 at 05:23 PM
Sounds more like no one is planning to show up, like the recent gigantic 100 person rally in Aytthaya.
Discussion 7 : 30/01/2014 at 05:21 PM
"The UDD chair urged the red-shirts to monitor the situation at polling units on Feb 2 to help prevent any untoward incidents." Is that the new police force or are they above the law?
Discussion 8 : 30/01/2014 at 05:16 PM
If you don't want to 'face off with hooligans' Ms. Tida, quit the Red Shirts.
Discussion 9 : 30/01/2014 at 05:11 PM
Ahh Jatuporn is now emulating his hero Chalerm in his ability to discern clandestine information. Maybe these guys should be running the CIA.

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