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    Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million
    Published: 4/11/2012 at 04:48 PMOnline news: Local News

    The next anti-government rally will be called off if the number of people it draws is likely to be fewer than the target of one million, Pitak Siam Group leader Boonlert Kaewprasit said on Sunday.

    Gen Boonlert had earlier planned to hold another rally late this month, aiming to attract up to one million protesters to oust the government he says is "plagued with corruption". The first rally on Oct 28 drew about 20,000 participants.

    Before the rally is held, he said, the number of people taking part will be closely watched. If it was likely to be fewer than the target of one million, the rally would be called off.

    However, the Pitak Siam group is firm in its stand to seek the government's ouster, Gen Boonlert said.

    Gen Boonlert, alias Seh Ai, dismissed as untrue speculation that his group was backed by Gen Surayud Chulanont, the privy councillor and former prime minister.

    "I am not happy to see people trying to link Gen Surayud with the group.

    "I don't want him to be implicated although he and I are from the same class at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School," he said.

    Gen Boonlert stressed that if the people did not join the rally in large numbers it will be called off.

    On the red shirts' plan to hold an anti-Pitak Siam Group rally on Nov 18, Seh Ai said he did not think it would turn violent because his group adheres to law and order.

    Meanwhile, former senator Ruangkrai Leekijwattana said a petition will be filed with the Constitution Court against Gen Boonlert and Sqd Ldr Prasong Soonsiri for rebellion in connection with the Pitak Siam's anti-government rally last month.

    Mr Ruangkrai said he would file the petition directly with the Constitution Court on Monday.

    Gen Boonlert's speech made to the rally he organised at the Royal Turf Club last Sunday clearly instigated the toppling of an administration in a democracy under the monarchy in violation of Article 113 of the Criminal Code.

    Sqd Ldr Prasong, a former chief of the National Security Council, in joining the rally after being invited by Gen Boonlert, had also violated Article 83 in addition to Article 113 of the Criminal Code.

    The former senator said Gen Boonlert's announcement to call another major rally with the aim of ousting the government was also an infringement of a democratic administration and the monarchy.

    The petition to be filed will ask the Constitution Court to immediately order Gen Boonlert, Sqd Ldr Prasong, and others concerned to call off the plan to hold another rally late this month.

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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    Oh well, I guess the rally is off. There is no way they are going to get 1 million supporters. It is doubtful that they have that many supporters in the entire country and 100% turnout is unlikely.
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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    Maybe if they send enough of their housekeepers and drivers?

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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    What's yellow on the outside and red on the inside? LOL
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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    Military officers oppose Pitak Siam
    Published: 8/11/2012 at 09:22 PMOnline news:

    Alumni from Class 5 and 10 of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS) will hold a peaceful rally at a Bangkok hotel on Friday morning in protest at the leader of the Pitak Siam group, Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, and his supporters.

    The Class 5 and 10 members will meet at the Miracle Grand Convention Hotel at 10am to announce their opposition to Gen Boonlert, a member of Class 1 of the AFAPS, and his group which is mobilising supporters to try to bring down the Yingluck Shinawatra government.

    The general has called for a military coup to overthrow the Pheu Thai-led administration. "I'd love to see a coup,'' he told the press while heading up an Oct 28 anti-government rally at the Royal Turf Club in the Nang Loeng area of Bangkok.

    The planned rally was revealed on Thursday by Gen Chaisit Shinawatra, Thaksin Shinawatra's cousin and a former supreme commander.

    Gen Chaisit, a member of Class 5, said he would not join the gathering because it will merely announce the political position of his fellow classmates but he would attend a mass rally if one is held in the future.

    Asked if he was disappointed with Gen Boonlert, who is his senior schoolmate, Gen Chaisit said the Pitak Siam group leader likes the planning and execution of a coup d'etat as it runs in his blood.

    Pitak Siam plans a second rally later this month. However, Gen Boonlert said the rally will be called off if it attracts less than 1 million supporters.

    Defence Minister ACM Sukumpol Suwanatat said Friday’s gathering of the Class 5 and 10 alumni should be seen as a personal affair and an expression of individual opinion, and that it has nothing to do with the bonds of brotherhood among soldiers.

    He said none of his fellow classmates in Class 10 had discussed the planned rally with him. Both Gen Boonlert and those of the Class 10 alumni had the right to hold a peaceful rally. This was not a collision of mobs, he said, adding each group was just exercising their constitutional rights.

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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    Pitak Siam plans next rally for Nov 24
    Published: 11/11/2012 at 02:00 AMNewspaper section: News


    The anti-government Pitak Siam group has confirmed it will hold its second mass rally on Nov 24 at the Royal Plaza and insisted the gathering will not be protracted.

    The group's leader, Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, said yesterday the rally would kick off at 9.01am but that whether it went ahead would depend on the size of the turnout.

    If at least one million people turn up, it would mean the people are backing the group's campaign to oust the government and therefore it should step down.

    If the turnout is small, that would mean the group lacks credibility and the public does not approve of it.

    Gen Boonlert said he would try to restrict the rally to one day. But if it drags on, it would wrap up the next day at the latest.

    He said the rally had nothing to do with the Nov 25-27 censure debate in parliament by the Democrat Party.

    On Friday, retired generals and alumni from classes 5 and 10 of the Pre-Cadet School came out to protest Gen Boonlert's role as head of the Pitak Siam group. They accused him of supporting a military coup.

    The anti-Boonlert group was led by former army chief Gen Chaisit Shinawatra. Gen Boonlert said Gen Chaisit was promoted to the army's top post simply because he is a cousin of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

    Gen Boonlert said the generals who reproached him were minority members of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School alumni.

    He dismissed their calls for his resignation as president of the AFAPS alumni. He said he had every right to the post because he was elected by members across 30 classes.

    Pitak Siam has called on the government to step down, calling it corrupt, saying that it allows acts of lese majeste to continue and functions as a front for Thaksin.

    Also yesterday, the Engineers for the Nation Group issued a statement warning that the problem of corruption in Thailand had reached a critical level.

    It said in the 17 years Transparency International had put out its corruption perception index, Thailand had continually received a low grade, getting between 2.79 and 3.8 points out of 10. But the problem was getting worse.

    The statement said the government is using its majority in parliament to avoid listening to objections from the people. Previous governments did not dare to do this, including military-run ones.

    The statement was signed by Tortrakul Yomnak, chairman of the group.

    Meanwhile, in a Suan Dusit Poll, 44% of those surveyed said they suspected rumours about an assassination plot against Thaksin during a planned visit to a border town in Myanmar last week were a political ploy. Another 39% did not know what to believe.

    It showed 47% were not sure whether to believe the rumour, while 31% rejected it. Only 20% said they believed it was true.

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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    "If the turnout is small, that would mean the group lacks credibility and the public does not approve of it." That's my prediction. Whether he actually calls off the rally is a whole other issue. I doubt he will call it off if only 30,000 attend. Perhaps he will extrapolate that number to include 970,000 proxies who just couldn't make it to the rally.
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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    For sure there is a "get out" clause-no politician is ever complete without one !

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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    PAD lets members join Pitak rally
    Published: 12/11/2012 at 06:03 PMOnline news: Local News


    The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has cleared the way for its members to take part in the planned rally of the Pitak Siam group to oust the government.

    PAD core members on Monday showed moral support for the group but decided they would not take part in the gathering at the Royal Plaza on Nov 24.

    It has decided to cancel a political reform forum slated for Nov 24 in Kanchanaburi and Nov 25 in Phetchaburi, PAD key member Chamlong Srimuang said.

    The cancellation is to give PAD supporters the chance "to use their judgement and personal decision on whether they will join the rally on that day with no activities by the PAD creating an obstacle", he added.

    Sondhi Limthongkul, another key PAD leader, said the leaders unanimously agreed not to join Pitak Siam but they will not block their members from going to the Royal Plaza.

    Pitak Siam's first demonstration at the Royal Turf Club on Oct 28 attracted an estimated 20,000 people, according to organisers. Police put the figure at closer to 7,000, but the stadium was full.

    Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, leader of the anti-government Pitak Siam group, has vowed to mobilise at least one million people for the second rally.

    The government and the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) remained cautious about the next Pitak Siam demonstration but are optimistic it will not gather pace to bring down the Pheu Thai Party-led government.

    Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said security authorities would be able to control the demonstrators and was confident that the rally will not spill over to Nov 25 when a censure debate engineered by the opposition Democrat Party begins.

    Red-shirt leader Nattawut Saikuar said UDD members will stay away from the Pitak Siam rally to avoid possible confrontations.

    The rally will not disturb the work of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government, they said.

    But they were concerned that the situation was reminiscent of what happened before the coup in 2006 when the military decided to oust then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra after the PAD demonstrations against his government.

    National army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha made the army's position clear on Monday that it will not try to deter the protest by Pitak Siam as the rally is within democratic principles.

    But Gen Prayuth reiterated his intention not to allow active soldiers to join in the protest, although they could do so in a personal capacity.

    "I don't want active soldiers to take part in the gathering because of possible consequences if there are problems coming out of the rally," he said.

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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    UDD denies it will rally against Pitak Siam protest
    Published: 13/11/2012 at 03:30 PMOnline news: Local News


    The red-shirt movement has no plans for a mass rally on the same days as the anti-government protest by the Pitak Siam group on Nov 24 at the Royal Plaza, United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader Jatuporn Prompan said on Tuesday.

    Mr Jatuporn was responding to an announcement by a UDD key member Pol Maj Sangiam Samranrat on Monday that the red-shirt people would also hold a mass gathering in front of parliament on Nov 24, ahead of the no-confidence debate scheduled for Nov 25 to 27.

    Pol Maj Sangiam had said earlier the gathering would be aimed at preventing the anti-government protesters from seizing the parliament building compound.

    Mr Jatuporn said on Tuesday that any decision for action by the UDD can be announced only by chairwoman Tida Tawornseth and the two other co-leaders, Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikuar and himself.

    The disqualified Pheu Thai list MP said he felt holding a mass gathering of red-shirts near the Royal Plaza on the same day risked a violent confrontation with the anti-government protesters led by Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, known as Seh Ai.

    He stressed that the UDD had no plans to for any political activity on Nov 24, saying that a mass gathering of red-shirts on that day could lead to severe political tension.

    Petcharawat Wattanapongsirikul, a core leader of the red-shirt Rak Chiang Mai 51 group, said his group was not opposed to Seh Ai's planned rally. All groups had the democratic right of expression.

    The rally was good because the people would have a chance to get information about mismanagement by the government. If the Yingluck Shinawatra government had done anything wrong, people have the right to know, he added.

    However, he warned Seh Ai that even if the rally is supported by hundreds of thousands of people, it must be peacefull and remain within the law.

    If there was any violence, at least 5,000 members of his group were ready to travel to Bangkok to rally against a lawless protest in Bangkok, he said.

    Tul Sitthisomwong, leader of the multi-colour group, said his supporters will take part in the planned anti-government rally of the Pitak Siam group on Nov 24.

    Dr Tul said his group would join the rally in a larger numbers than the last rally on Oct 28 because they want to point out mistakes in the government's administration.

    He insisted the multi-colour group had not conducted activities with a political agenda in parallel with the Democrat Party as alleged. In the past, the group opposed many projects carried out by the Democrat-led government, he said.

    Dr Tul called for the government to ensure security for the protesters.

    Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said a total of 50,000 police will be deployed in and around the Royal Plaza and nearby areas to ensure peace and order during the Pitak Siam rally.

    Mr Chalerm said intelligence reports warned that a "third hand" might take the opportunity to incite violence with bombs targeting the gathering people.

    He insisted the government would oversee the rally, using crowd control measures in line with international standards.

    Representatives from various independent organisations will be invited to observe the government's handling of the protesters, he added.

    Mr Chalerm called on people who do not like the government to submit petitions to various judicial agencies instead of joining the protest.

    The deputy premier in charge of security affairs said he had talks with the UDD's Pol Maj Sangiam, who had agreed to call off his planned rally.

    He said national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew will be responsible for overseeing the protesters and ensuring law and order during the anti-government rally.

    There would not be a war room set up to deal with the protesters, as speculated, he added.

    Asked about a possibility that the protesters might move to surround the nearby parliament building compound, Mr Chalerm said officials at parliament have prepared urgent exits for cabinet members and MPs attending the censure debate.

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