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    PAD plans for major march against police postponed.

    BLACK OCTOBER
    PAD plans major march against police
    By Veena Thoopkrajae

    Boosted by legal "victories", anti-government protesters are determined to hold police responsible for Tuesday bloodshed

    Buoyed by return of key leader Chamlong Srimuang and a court injunction prohibiting more drastic measures against it by the government, the People's Alliance for Democracy is stepping up a campaign against the police following Tuesday's bloodbath.

    PAD protesters will march to the national police headquarters on Monday morning to protest violent measures that left two demonstrators killed and hundreds injured as the PAD tried to seize Parliament Tuesday morning.

    Sondhi Limthongkul, a key PAD leader, told the protesters inside Government House that PAD followers will gather on Monday morning at 9am at the National Stadium and march to stage a protest in front of the police headquarters.

    The rally at Government House Thursday night was filled with swollen crowds as the protesters gathered to welcome their two leaders _ Chamlong Srimuang and Chaiwat Sinsuwong _ who were released on bail after the Appeals Court dropped treason charges against core PAD members earlier in the day.

    In another perceived legal victory for the PAD, the Central Administrative Court on Thursday also issued an injunction demanding the prime minister to strictly observe the international standards on crowd control when dealing with the protesters.

    The court issued the injunction following a suit filed by some senators against Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat and the police, accusing them of using excessive force to disperse protesters on Tuesday.

    The court said the injunction would be in place until the court makes a ruling in the case.

    Sondhi said the PAD would not take any action now because they were in the mourning period. However, PAD lawyers are preparing to file a lawsuit against Pol Maj Gen Surapol Thuanthong, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, and deputy national police chief Umnuay Nimmano for their claims that slain protester Angkhana Raduppanyawut was carrying a bomb with her.



    "Apart from this case, the police will face a number of charges," said Sondhi.

    The anti-government movement will also seek justice for those killed and injured, he announced. The PAD is planning to release five millions copies of a book featuring all information about the Tuesday clashes with the riot police. "We're about to start publishing it. When finished, the books will be distributed with CD to the public free of charge," said Sondhi.

    He was speaking on stage during a routine prime time, when key leaders normally address the crowd at the Government House. On Thursday night it was special as the protesters welcomed back the two detained leaders.

    Chamlong was the first speaker of the night. He cheered up the crowds with his story from behind bars. He claimed that everyone - from prison guards to prisoners - were sympathetic with the PAD.

    Chamlong warned that the other seven leaders of PAD should not give in to the police unless bails are guaranteed. "We've to stay with our prople. The government want to separate us," he said.

    Chaiwat echoed Chamlong's remarks that they were treated well and there were also PAD supporters inside the jail. He said he missed the protesters the most. "I also miss Thaksin Shinawatra especially when I saw the signboard 'Money is the root of evil' in jail."

    In a home-coming mood, Chaiwat and Chamlong shared their light-hearted speeches especially on their days in jail. "The day I went to court I was handcuffed but they said there was no need for Lung Chamlong because he was old. They considered me young," said Chaiwat.

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    Re: PAD plans major march against police

    PAD confirms plan to hold rally at Police head office Monday


    The People's Alliance for Democracy Sunday confirmed its plan to hold a rally in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters on Monday.

    Pipop Thongchai, a PAD leader, said the rally would begin at 10 am.

    He said the protesters would demonstrate peacefully to call on Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to resign for ordering the crackdown on protesters in front Parliament last October 7 and call on the government to punish police officers in charge of the crackdown.

    Pipop said the protesters would use non-violence means and would sit down if they encounter police. They would not try to enter the police head office's compound.

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    Re: PAD plans major march against police

    Rally at police headquarter postponed : Sondhi

    PAD's leader Sondhi Limthongkul said the decision to delay was made after PAD leders learnt that cremation of Angkana Pradub-avut will be conducted on Monday.

    People's Alliance for Democracy decided to postpone their rally in front of Police Department from Monday for a few days.

    Cremation of Metee Chartmontri will be done on Tuesday.

    So the rally in front of the Police department will be delayed for a few days so that protesters and people can attend the funerals of both who were killed in the October 7 brutal violence on Oct 7.

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