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Other nations need to know the latest: Surapong

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said he would brief foreign diplomats about the latest developments as the anti-government protesters are planning to use independent organisations and the judiciary to topple the caretaker government.

He said other countries needed to understand that the governments of Thaksin Shinawatra, Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat had similarly been ousted by the same people who are now part of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

"I will also write to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to tell him that there is a movement in Thailand that keeps toppling governments," he said.

Meanwhile, he said, the Students and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) rally at the Chinese Embassy yesterday would not change Beijing's plan to buy the government rice stockpile. He went on to say that China and Thailand had good relations and that the Chinese government wanted to help Thai farmers.

He also called on Suthep Thaugsuban, the PDRC's secretary-general, to tell the protesters not to spoil Thailand's relations with China.

The STR rallied outside several foreign embassies yesterday, including those of the United States, Britain, France, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Russia, to urge them to help rid Thailand of corruption and restore democracy.

Separately, a pro-government group gathered in front of the National Anti-Corruption Commission offices yesterday demanding that it examine the assets of the six members of its committee and see if they were qualified and endorsed by His Majesty before taking up their position.


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