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Second dinner with 'Uncle Kamnan' closed to media, 'outsiders'

The People's Democratic Reform Committee will continue holding fund-raising events, but they will be closed to media and "outsiders", said a source who asked not to be named.

A second "Dinner with Uncle Kamnan", the uncle in this case being PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban, will be held today at the Pacific Club. The first such dinner was held last week.

These fund-raising events are aimed at helping people who were hurt during the PDRC anti-government protests that began in Bangkok late last year.

These dinners, for which participants have to pay at least Bt10,000 each, have become an issue because Suthep had been insisting for a while that he would not hold any political events or give media interviews.

It was reported that he announced at the dinner last week that he had been advising coup-maker General Prayuth Chan-ocha on how to deal with the influence of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra - a claim that the general has denied.

Some key PDRC members had said earlier that the event might be cancelled, leaving only key members of the movement and some "thinkers" on reforming the country to dine together and discuss some issues.

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