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Preah Vihear Dispute

Thai Patriots call off rally at PM's home but threaten to return

THE THAI PATRIOTS NETWORK yesterday cancelled a rally in front of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's home after talks with police, saying they will wait for a week to see the PM, but if they cannot protesters will return to submit a letter at her home.

The group led by Chaiwat Sinsuwong gathered nearby after announcing it would rally in front of the premier's home in Soi Yothinpattani 3 on Navamin-Ramintra Road in Bang Kapi to submit a letter demanding that she issue a written statement to reject the International Court of Justice (ICJ) having jurisdiction over Thailand.

"The premier should do that before the court ruling on the Thai-Cambodian territorial dispute over the Preah Vihear case - to represent nine million people who disagreed with the [original] ruling," Chaiwat said. The ICJ is due to announce its ruling to clarify the 1962 verdict on November 11.

Yesterday police tried to get the group to move to another place or make an appointment to officially submit the letter to the PM. The group later was asked by police to disperse, who said they would coordinate with the premier for an appointment. Chaiwat accepted the proposal but told police that if there was no progress in one week they would return to rally at the PM's home on November 3. After that the group dispersed.

Five companies of police were deployed to guard Yingluck's home on Saturday night. Checkpoints were set up from the mouth of the soi, but it was not closed to traffic. However, the PM was not home yesterday.

The police came from the local area (Metropolitan Division 4), plus Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, and Chiang Mai.


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