Red Shirt demonstrators build up at home of Privy Councillor Surayud

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BANGKOK, Jan 11 (TNA) – The numbers of the supporters of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)–the Red Shirts—are growing early Monday at the vacation residence of Privy Councillor Gen Surayud Chulanont at Khao Yai Thiang in Nakhon Ratchasima, but the protesters vow that they will neither use violence nor trespass into the home of the former prime minister during the rally.

The UDD, which started its mission Sunday, claimed that their rally is aimed to call attention to what they branded as the government’s practice of double standards.

Red Shirt leaders said the protest will continue until Tuesday, and if there is no response from the government, they will then consider their next move.

The protesters are pressuring the government for an answer on the alleged encroachment into the forest reserve by Gen Surayud.

They consider as complicit the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for ignoring the case and charged that many villagers at Khao Yai Thiang have been sued for trespassing in the forests and forced to leave their land.

Security has been tightened both inside and outside Gen Surayud’s home, with 700 police personnel dispatched to maintain order in the area.



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