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PAD suffers reverse

The Civil Court stiffens its ruling, ordering the People's Alliance for Democracy to clear traffic lanes for longer periods of time and dismantle structures used in its rally



PAD suffers reverse

The Civil Court yesterday ordered the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to clear roads near its rally site for four hours more than in its initial ruling on the matter.

Following the order, PAD supporters last night moved to  Makkawan Bridge, their original protest site, where no court orders have been issued against their activities.

After hearing testimonies from senior police officers and the protest leaders, the court ordered the PAD leaders to keep all lanes of Rama V and Phitsanulok roads open to traffic between 5am and 6pm on weekdays. It had earlier ordered the roads to be cleared of any structures and objects related to the rally from 7.30am to 4.30pm.

The court said its order banning the use of loudspeakers at the Nang Loeng horse racecourse between 7.30am and 4.30pm from Mondays to Fridays remained unchanged.

More than 1,000 people were present at the PAD's rally site on the 44th day of its anti-government protest yesterday.

Meanwhile, groups of PAD supporters in Nakhon Ratcha-sima held protests against government figures yesterday.

One group led by Itthi Kwan-udomporn entered a village in the northeastern province's Sida district where the family of Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama stays.

A community leader alerted residents through the village's broadcast tower and some 300 villagers showed up to confront the group of about 200 PAD supporters.

After arguments and an exchange of abuse, the locals told the PAD "intruders" to leave in 30 minutes or else their "safety will not be guaranteed" because they considered them trespassers causing trouble.

There were brief scuffles as some PAD supporters tried to force their way to Noppadon's family home.

Police and local administrative officials persuaded the PAD group to leave before residents of other villages joined forces against them.

The group left and moved to the office of the Sam Muang Tambon Administrative Orga-nisation nearby, but were forced to move from there as well by villagers who followed them.

Group leader Itthi said they merely wanted to ask Noppa-don's relatives to persuade him to leave office.

The PAD holds the foreign minister responsible for Thai-land's "loss of territory" over the Preah Vihear controversy with Cambodia.

About 50 members from another local PAD-affiliated group held a protest at the entrance to Maharaj Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital before the arrival of Deputy Public Health Minister Wicharn Meenchainant.

Wicharn entered the hospital though a back gate. The deputy minister said that he sent a representative to talk to the protesters. Protest leader Sarapi Bunpratoochai, said they wanted to give Wicharn a letter telling the government to tackle the Preah Vihear better.


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