Monday, December 11, 2006

Protest rally passes off

The protest rally in Bangkok yesterday appears to have passed off peacefully. According to the Bangkok post one thousand protesters turned out yesterday demanding the departure of the Council for National Security (CNS) and the interim government led by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. They were also demanding the return of the 1997 constitution and fresh elections.

The article goes on to say that the protesters plan to rally at Sanam Luang every Sunday from now on, and other anti-coup groups will hold similar demonstrations on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Nation reported that a number of anti-coup protesters were prevented from travelling to Bangkok to join the demonstration at Sanam Luang. Buri Ram police intercepted and detained 41 men dressed in black who were heading for yesterday's Bangkok demonstration. They were taken to a police station where their details were taken. They were then encouraged not to attend the demonstration.

The Nation also reported the number attending the rally to be as high as 3,000.

It will be interesting to see how this develops if these protests continue every week

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