Hundreds of activists led by People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) core member Chamlong Srimuang handed a petition to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) office in Bangkok on Tuesday against the listing of Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage site and against Cambodian efforts to secure management control over the ancient temple.
“I have been following the World Heritage Committee meeting in Brazil and I’m not confident the Thai government will succeed at the meeting,” Maj-Gen Chamlong said.
He said the activists and the PAD members had not planned to gather outside the Unesco office, but this was an urgent matter.
“We are not pressuring Unesco in any way but I cannot confirm whether we will spend a night here as we’ll have to monitor the situation for now,” he said.
The PAD co-leader said he would not resist if authorities arrest him for violating the emergency decree imposed in the capital.
“After considering the situation, I decide to take a risk because this is about Thailand’s territory,” he said.