Red-shirt supporters will rally next Monday against the anti-government group seeking to shut down Bangkok and oust the Yingluck Shinawatra government, but they won't mass in the capital or in the South.
About 5,000 red shirts met at Chalerm Phrakiat sports stadium in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday to discuss their plans, including people from such places as Ubon Ratchathani, Mukdahan, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Chaiyaphum, Surin, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Red-shirt leader Natthawut Saikua called for rallies in some areas against the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on Monday, which will begin its mass protest to shut down Bangkok the same day.
However, he said red shirts would not rally the South or in Bangkok to avoid clashes with PDRC supporters.
Natthawut said he wanted to challenge Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the PDRC, to rally in the North and Northeast as well as in Bangkok.
Thida Thawornset and her husband Weng Tojirakan spoke in the morning about military moves, noting that tanks and armoured vehicles were being moved to Bangkok this week.
“The Army has said they’re rolling in for a military parade and preparations for Children’s Day events, but they shouldn’t move the tanks and armoured vehicles in at this time,” Thida said.
They also discussed “Opening Bangkok” – an event in opposition to the PDRC shutdown next week.