Reds poised to duel PDRC

Pro-government red shirts are adjusting their strategy to counter new moves by their anti-government rivals.

Chairman Jatuporn Prompan on Saturday ordered the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) to mobilise members for a bigger rally to start on Tuesday and to peak on May 27.

The date coincides with the latest "final" deadline set by Suthep Thaugsuban, the leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee. In announcing a week of stepped-up activities, Mt Suthep said on Saturday that if his group could not succeed in ousting the caretaker government by May 27, it would give up completely and he would surrender to police.

UDD secretary-general Nattawut Saikuar promised to end the UDD rally if the political situation returns to normal on May 27. But he also threatened to launch another campaign to unseat any new government and prime minister set up under Section 7 of the Constitution with backing from the PDRC.

The UDD earlier had planned to rally this weekend at its site on Utthayan (Aksa) Road in Bangkok's western suburbs before disbanding on Monday.

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