A demonstration called by the People’s Party kicked off at Democracy Monument this afternoon (Feb. 13) with a large 30×30-metre red cloth spread out on the road for participants to write their grievances and demands, Thai Rath newspaper said.
The rally was announced on the webpage of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration calling on followers to join the “Feb 13 rally” and count from one to a million to restore power to the people from 3 p.m. onwards.
At 3.40 p.m. this large cloth was spread on the road and people had started writing their messages on it.
Meanwhile protest leader Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike, later said at the rally that the time for fear is over with participants only having to fight on, Sanook.com said.
He added that he would absolutely not give any orders to retreat today and those at the frontline must be prepared but if anything happened the government would have acted first.
He called for the release of four detained leaders, lawyer Anon Nampa, student leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Mr. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk and Mr Patiwat Saraiyaem, also known as “Mor Lam Bank”. They were denied bail and sent to pretrial detention by the Criminal Court on Tuesday over charges of violating the lese majeste law.
Mike added that the protesters want Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law, abolished and have made various plans to submit a draft law to do so to Parliament.
All traffic lanes from Ratchadamnoen Klang Road to Phan Fah bridge are currently closed forcing motorists to take detours.
Top: The red cloth spread out on the road on which demonstrators are writing their messages. Photo: Thai Rath
Home Page: Mike speaking at today’s rally. Thai headline says, “Feb 13 rally. Mike yells no retreat today.” Sanook.com