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Tarit condemns STR for rallying at embassies

The government's Centre for Maintaining for Peace and Order (CMPO) yesterday condemned anti-government protesters for conducting rallies at several foreign embassies, especially the US Embassy on Thursday.

CMPO member Tarit Pengdith singled out Uthai Yodmanee and Nititorn Lamlua, leaders of Student and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (STR), who led the protests at several foreign missions, including the US, Russia, France and Australia.

The protesters handed over a letter at each embassy explaining how Yingluck Shinawatra's government had done the country wrong on several counts, just to please the caretaker PM's brother Thaksin. The protesters also called on the embassies to convey the message to their governments and provide support.

Every embassy accepted the letter, with the exception of the United States. On realising that the US ambassador would not accept their letter, Uthai read it aloud before tearing it to pieces and throwing the scraps in front of the embassy on Wireless Road.

Tarit said Uthai's actions could be seen as threatening foreign diplomats and badly affecting the long relationship between Thailand and the United States.

Tarit, who is also chief of the Department of Special Investigation, cited shootings on Thursday night near Lumpini Park - which is now the main rally site - saying the shots came from inside the park. Two people were injured.

Violent incidents are still occurring despite the CMPO and relevant authorities' adherence to the Civil Court's ruling to not use violence against the protesters.


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