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

    Pitak Siam: No siege of parliament
    Published: 15/11/2012 at 05:50 PMOnline news: Local News

    Protesters at the anti-government rally on Nov 24 will definitely not lay siege to the parliament, Pitak Siam group leader Boonlert Kaewprasit said on Thursday.

    Gen Boonlert, also known as Seh Ai, said if anyone at the rally broke into the parliament compound and the situation became violent he would take responsibility.

    A censure debate is scheduled in the parliament from Nov 25 to 27, followed by the vote on a no-confidence motion on Nov 28.

    Seh Ai said the rally would not be prolonged. He expected it to last no more than two days and one night.

    Gen Boonlert also said he did not believe a "third-hand" would interfere in what he described as a fight between the Pitak Siam group and fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

    The rally would be his last, he said. Either the government would go, or he would.

    He denied claims that the rally was being funded by the same group who financed the Sept 19, 2006 coup that toppled the Thaksin Shinawatra government, or with money from illegal casinos or the drug trade. The rally would be purely voluntary, he added.

    The Pitak Siam group was preparing a letter to be submitted to Asean and United States President Barack Obama confirming that the rally would be peaceful.

    A spokesman for the group said the rally would remain strictly within the scope of the law and would not cause trouble to the public.

    The Pheu Thai Party has asked the Constitution Court to order a halt to the planned anti-government rally.

    The request was made in a letter submitted by Pheu Thai member Singthong Buachun, who was accompanied by party lawyer Picha Wijitsin.

    Mr Singthong said the planned rally was an offence under Section 68 of the constitution since it was intended to topple a democratically-elected government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

    The letter was accept for consideration by Panya Udchachon, deputy secretary-general of the Constitution Court.

    Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, the national police chief, has issued an order prohibiting police from taking part in the protest, warning they would face severe disciplinary action.

    Deputy police spokesman Thana Chuwong said the order instructed police commanders at all levels to make sure their subordinates understand that joining the rally would be a violation of Section 68 of the charter.

    Violators of this order are liable to administrative and disciplinary action, Pol Maj-Gen Thana said.

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

    "The rally would be his last, he said. Either the government would go, or he would." Can't say that he'll be missed much. Whatever will he do with himself when he loses his pathetic "fight."
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    Re: Seh Ai: No rally if fewer than one million

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Seh Ai said the rally would not be prolonged. He expected it to last no more than two days and one night.
    Last week he said one day only?

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

    Seh Ai: No violence at rally
    Published: 17/11/2012 at 03:07 PMOnline news: Local News

    The anti-government rally at the Royal Plaza on Nov 24 will be shut down immediately if any violence takes place, says Pitak Siam leader Boonlert Kaewprasit.

    Gen Boonlert made the pledge on Saturday as an economist warned that if the rally is prolonged and turns violent, it could severely hurt the country's economy.

    Gen Boonlert, alias Seh Ai, also insisted the rally would not be prolonged and said there would be no seizure of any government offices as some have feared.

    The protesters will stay at the rally site and about 1,000 security guards will be on duty to prevent any "third hand" from taking the opportunity to incite violence, he said.

    "If the anti-government protest turns violent, it would be immediately called off," said Gen Boonlert.

    The red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, which supports the Pheu Thai government, has said that its members would stay away from the Royal Plaza area. Instead, they will gather in Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani on Nov 24.

    Red-shirt leader Worachai Hema said supporters would stay put in their respective provinces but would be ready to march if any untoward incidents take place.

    "We will be ready. If the people's power is seized, we will head to Democracy Monument," said Mr Worachai, a Pheu Thai MP for Samut Prakan.

    He said a group of red shirts may also gather at Taksin Monument in Bangkok's Wong Wian Yai area.

    Red shirts in Samut Prakan plan a rally on Sunday to voice opposition to Pitak Siam's protest.

    Northern red shirts, meanwhile, plan a rally on Nov 24 at the Chiang Mai municipal sport stadium to protest against the "rebel" general who leads Pitak Siam.

    Wichit Tamoon, a core leader of the northern group, said members wanted to protect the democratic system and the democratically elected government.

    Chiang Mai is the home base of the Shinawatra family and a major area of Pheu Thai Party support.

    Red-shirt leader Kwanchai Praipana said supporters in the Northeast would gather on Nov 24 in Udon Thani.

    National police chief Adul Saengsingkaew has suggested invoking the Internal Security Act to control the Pitak Siam protesters, but Air Marshal Vachara Riddhagni, a group spokesman, said that would not be necessary.

    He said the group's supporters had a constitutional right to gather as long as they were unarmed and did not resort to violence. Pitak Siam group has no thought of inciting violence and therefore the special law is unnecessary, he said.

    The armed forces chiefs also believe that existing laws should be sufficient to ensure peace and order.

    AM Vachara denied reports that business interests had raised 6 billion baht in funds to be used to topple the Yingluck Shinawatra government. Pol Gen Adul said police had heard the same reports and were investigating.

    Meanwhile, various state enterprise labour unions have confirmed that they would also join the Nov 24 anti-government rally. In addition, representatives of students at Ramkhamhaeng and Phra Nakhon Rajabhat universities had told Pitak Siam that they would also turn out, said Air Marshal Vachara.

    Thanavath Phonvichai, director of the Economic and Business Forecasting Centre at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, warned on Saturday of dire economic consequences if Thailand is plunged back into political violence.

    The tourism sector, he said, would be severely affected and economic growth for 2012 would be lower than 4.5%, compared with 5.5% forecast now.

    Mr Thanavath said if the protesters march out from the rally site and violent confrontations with police became protracted for up to three months, tourism related industries wopuld experience millions of baht in famages during the high season.

    As a consequence, GDP growth for next year would be less than 4.5%, the economist added.

    If there was any change in the government or the Yingluck Shinawatra administration decided to dissolve the House of Representatives, it would affect economic policies and investor confidence, said Mr Thanavath.

    As a result, he said, GDP growth next year would be less than 4%.

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

    PITAK SIAM RALLY

    Reds prepare for coup danger
    Published: 17/11/2012 at 12:00 AMNewspaper section: News


    Red shirts will gather in Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani on Nov 24 in response to the Pitak Siam group's anti-government rally at the Royal Plaza on the same day.

    Red-shirt leader Worachai Hema said supporters will stay put in their respective provinces but will move to Democracy Monument if any untoward incidents take place.

    "We will be ready. If the people's power is seized, we will head to Democracy Monument," said Mr Worachai, a Pheu Thai MP for Samut Prakan.

    He said a group of red shirts may gather at Taksin Monument in Bangkok's Wong Wian Yai area.

    He said red shirts in Samut Prakan will hold a mass rally tomorrow to voice opposition to Pitak Siam's protest.

    Pitak Siam, led by Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, is calling for a change in the government - a move perceived by red shirts as a call for a military coup.

    At a previous Pitak Siam rally Gen Boonlert called for a coup followed by a five-year "freeze" of democratic rule.

    The group hopes to mobilise up to 1 million people. The rally will be held one day before a no-confidence debate begins in the House.

    Mr Worachai said Gen Boonlert's cry for "freezing" the nation during his campaign is nothing but a call for a coup. Irregular activities have been detected at military barracks in Prachin Buri, he said.

    "If a coup is staged, red-shirt leaders won't run. We will stand up against the tanks. Millions of people will fill the streets," he said.

    Noppadol Pattama, a close aide of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said Pitak Siam has made a wrong move by calling for freezing the nation.

    He said doing this would be tantamount to toppling democratic rule and would undermine the economy.

    Red-shirt leader Kwanchai Praipana said supporters in the Northeast will gather on Nov 24 in Udon Thani.

    Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Prasopdee yesterday called on the Democrat Party's MPs and senators not to support Pitak Siam's rally.

    Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan said Pitak Siam will take the rally to the next level by laying siege to parliament if the censure debate fails to bring down the government.

    Meanwhile, Pitak Siam said there was no need to invoke the Internal Security Act. "There will be no torching or laying siege to any hospital," Pitak Siam representative Chai Suwannaphap said.


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

    Police want soldiers backing them at rally
    Published: 19/11/2012 at 12:00 AMNewspaper section: News
    The national police chief is proposing the government use the Internal Security Act (ISA) to contain the anti-government protest planned by the Pitak Siam group in Bangkok on Saturday.

    Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew said he would propose to the National Security Council (NSC) Monday that it implement the security act to cope with the rally.

    Use of the act, if approved, would empower the prime minister to order soldiers to bring the rally under control to maintain security.


    Police fear Boonlert Kaewprasit, addressing the last Pitak Siam rally, may not be able to keep his word about a peaceful protest on Saturday.

    Police will monitor the rally but will not obstruct the demonstration with checkpoints, Pol Gen Adul said.

    Government error: Overestimating Pitak Siam

    He said his police force is still collecting information about the rally and did not yet have an estimate on the number of demonstrators likely to attend.

    Meanwhile, pro-government red-shirts rallied in Bangkok Sunday to oppose Pitak Siam's plan of forcing the government to step down.

    Red-shirt leader Sombat Boonngam-anong led about 100 participants on a protest against Pitak Siam at Bangkok's BTS train system.

    The protesters told people at the Siam Square and Chatuchak stations that Pitak Siam's intention to oust Yingluck Shinawatra's government would "freeze" elections in Thailand for five years.

    The protesters said those who oppose the government should fight in parliament under democratic rules.

    Mr Sombat said red-shirt supporters would launch more activities to oppose Pitak Siam's protest.

    He said red-shirt demonstrators in Nonthaburi province would rally in front of the Thaicom satellite earth station on Saturday to oppose Pitak Siam's rally, which will be held the same day.

    A group of university students called the Group of University Students Who Love Democracy, rallied at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok to express their disapproval of Pitak Siam.

    Thailand's reputation would be harmed if the elected government is overthrown, Nanthasak Poolpol, who led the group, said.

    He said Pitak Siam's stance would be a violation of the parliamentary system. His group distributed stickers opposing what they called an attempt to "freeze Thailand".

    Meanwhile Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, the leader of the Pitak Siam movement, launched caravans of vehicles at the Royal Plaza yesterday to urge people to join his rally on Saturday.

    Gen Boonlert said Pitak Siam had no intention of "freezing" Thailand, but instead wanted to freeze the country's corrupt politicians.

    He declined to elaborate on what that could include.

    Gen Boonlert reiterated the government is a failed proxy of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

    He said the government tolerates corruption and offences to the monarchy.

    Ms Yingluck's government had come to power as a result of populist vote-buying, Gen Boonlert said, adding that Pitak Siam would demand the resignation of the government.

    He said he would end the movement if it fails to get support from a targeted number of people.

    Democrat Ong-art Klampaibul said yesterday the government had tried to counter Pitak Siam by accusing the movement of accepting money from a political party.

    The government also tried to quell the rally by announcing the deployment of 50,000 police.

    Neither tactic will work, Mr Ong-art predicted.

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