Red Shirts holding 3-day mass rally next week

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BANGKOK, Nov 14 – Red Shirt activists will hold a three-day rally in suburban Bangkok, starting Monday, in a prelude to the Constitution Court’s judgement on the charter amendment.

Jatuporn Prompan, a leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), claimed that he was tipped off on the court’s verdict, scheduled for next Thursday, concerning a charter review which calls for the election of all senators, and not with some appointed as stipulated in the present Constitution.

A bill to revise the charter was recently passed by Parliament, prompting the Democrat Party to petition the Constitution Court, charging that the election of all senators breached Section 68 of the charter.

If the court rules on Thursday that the charter amendment is against the Constitution, 312 MPs and senators who voted for the bill will immediately lose their parliamentary seats and political parties in the ruling bloc will be dissolved, said Mr Jatuporn.

He said that the Democrat Party’s announcement of civil disobedience has brought about chaos in the country, calling on the opposition to stop its protests now that the amnesty bill was rejected as demanded.

He said the UDD will organise a mass rally at Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok’s suburb of Nonthaburi November 18-20 to closely follow the Constitution Court’s verdict.