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Red shirts to hold mass rally in Ayutthaya on Dec 10

Red-shirt people will hold a mass rally in Ayutthaya on December 10 to defend the government and Parliament, Pheu Thai party-list MP and red-shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn said Thursday.

He said the red shirts would express their stand that they would fight till the end to defend the government and Parliament from being toppled by Suthep Thaugsuban, the secretary general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

Weng said he expected that tens of thousands of red shirts would join the rally and the red-shirt leaders decided not to rally in Bangkok to avoid confrontation with the other side.

Weng said he saw that Suthep was following the footsteps of Sondhi Limthongkul, a former leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy. Weng warned Suthep against attempting to seize the Suvarnabhumi International Airport like what Sondhi did when he led protesters to demonstrate against the People Power government.

Weng said Suthep was running out moves for his political game and should not resort to the airport seizure as part of his plan to beat the government that he would announce Friday.

Weng added that Suthep could not cite the October 14 1973 to invoke Article 7 of the Constitution to seek a royally-granted prime minister. Weng said the situation was different because in 1973, the dictatorial government stated a self-coup before seeking a royally-granted prime minister.

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