Friday, January 30, 2009

Red Rally tomorrow: A test of Thaksin's diminishing clout

They aren't sure themselves how many people will turn up for the pro-Thaksin and anti-Abhsit Red Rally called for the evening of Jan 31 at the Government House. But the "Red" leadership is determined to press their demands against the Abhist Government in every way possible.

The rally will begin at Sanam Luang in the afternoon. At 9.00 pm, they are scheduled to march to the Government House. "We will show the government that we the Red shirted protestors can do what the yellow-shirted people did too," declared Vira Muksikapong, one of the core leaders.

But he vowed not to let the protestors gate-crash into the Government House.
"What we will do after we arrive at the Government House will depend on what happens there and then..." he said.

The two main demands are obvious: Sack Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya (because he was a key member of the People's Alliance for Democracy, PAD) and dissolve the House for a new election (because this government allegedly lacks legitimacy).

Why they organize a major protest at Government House while Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva is in Davois remains a mystery to me.

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