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UDD villages in Thailand weapon-free: Chalerm

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BANGKOK, 6 September 2011 (NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister Police Captain Chalerm Yubumrung has defended the establishment of villages under the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) that they are weapon-free.

Speaking before participating in the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the deputy prime minister stated that the government cannot let the UDD, known to be its supporters become weapon dens. He clarified that the UDD has not equipped its villages with weapons but political education.

The remark was made after key Democrat member and former Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs Suthep Thaugsuban expressed concerns that UDD villages, now established in many parts of the country, might have weapons inside and become dens of illegal weapons.

Police Captain Chalerm uttered that Mr Suthep had been thinking this way for a long time. He says UDD supporters are also Thai people and therefore have their rights to do so, but the Democrat Party still perceives them as enemies and has not yet crystallised why it failed in the past election.

Asked about the democracy school formed by the Democrat Party, the deputy prime minister responded that the Democrat Party is free to do so. He said if he has free time, he will visit people in provinces and thank them for their supports in the previous election.

Asked if from now on the Thai politics will compete by resorting to the mass or not, Police Captain Chalerm resplied that it is normal in any democratic society worldwide, not just in Thailand because the majority will always rule while opinions of the minority must also be listened to.

Asked if UDD villages will lead to division in the society, the deputy prime minister answered that they are just political symbols and will not cause division in the society as worried.

Read more: NNT

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