RED-SHIRT followers gathered at Santiporn Park on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue where the Black May 1992 Memorial is located at 4 p.m. today (April 4) with their leaders taking turns to giving speeches on their objective that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha step down, Thai Rath newspaper said.
The key leaders said the gathering, entitled “Thais won’t tolerate anymore, people unite, for Thailand”, was the first red shirt assembly in seven years with the last one being held in April 2014.
They added that permission had been obtained to gather at this park as well as the use of amplifiers with Covid-19 measures to be enforced.
After 6 p.m. speeches were to be given by Mr. Jatuporn Prompan, head of the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), Mr. Adul Kheawboriboon, chairman of Heroic Relatives Committee, May 1992, Mr. Weera Somkid, chairman of the Civil Rights Protection Group and secretary-general of the People’s Anti-Corruption Network.
Jatuporn said he had carefully organized today’s gathering and would make sure participants did not move on to the road as he wanted to avoid breaking any laws. The entrance had been sprayed with disinfectant while face masks were being distributed, TV Channel 7 said.
People wearing red shirts were steadily flocking in with their leaders continuously taking turns in attacking Prime Minister Prayut in order to pressure him to step down.
Participants were also told to listen to the announcement at the end of the event because today’s gathering was not an official one and if there was to be an official assembly it would be at Democracy Monument.
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