Red Shirt activists plan pro-election rally Friday


BANGKOK, Jan 29 – Red Shirt activists from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will hold a major rally in outlying Samut Prakan province on Friday to support the general election on Sunday.

UDD chair Thida Thavornseth  said yesterday that the pro-government group disagreed with rescheduling the countrywide election and opposed any movement that could lead to a coup or other rebellious activity.

She said the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has insisted on removing the caretaker government no matter if the snap poll is held on Sunday or postponed.

Ms Thida called on the government to urgently assist farmers who have yet to receive payment for the rice they sold months ago under the rice pledging scheme.

Farmers should be paid to prevent the PDRC from exploiting it as a political issue, she said.

Vorachai Hema, a Pheu Thai Party member, said the Friday rally will be held at Bangpu resort which is located outside the state of emergency zone.

“It will be massive rally to urge people to go to the polls. We will not allow anyone to seize polling stations,” he said.