Opposition MPs join Thai protests, another 'historic rally' pledged

Opposition parliamentarians held a mock no-confidence debate on Friday on the protesters' makeshift stage.

Opposition MPs join Thai protests, another 'historic rally' pledged

Opposition parliamentarians joined anti-government protesters on the streets of Bangkok on Friday and leaders promised another "historic rally" this weekend as they continued a bid to oust Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The street campaign, led by supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is into its 13th day but tens of thousands of demonstrators in their red shirts remain near Bangkok's old town, calling on Abhisit to dissolve parliament and hold elections.

"Every Thai who wants to oust this government should join us right here tomorrow," protest leader Nattawut Saikua told the crowd, calling on supporters to meet in "the largest number ever" on Saturday morning.

The protest leaders have not decided whether to repeat last Saturday's march through the capital.

In general the protest has been orderly.

Opposition parliamentarians held a mock no-confidence debate on Friday on the protesters' makeshift stage.

"Since the parliament is no longer a conducive place for democracy, we are taking the debate to the people on the streets," said Puea Thai Party member Anudith Nakornthap. A real confidence vote is expected in the next two months.

About 500 "red shirt" supporters fanned out across Bangkok on motorcycles and pick-up trucks on Friday in a bid to persuade residents to join their movement, hoping to diversify their support base in the traditionally pro-establishment capital.

Although some protesters have opted for the relative comfort of hostels, others remain camped out on the street on mats.

"We can stay for a long time. We have been raising funds from villages and small donors who are sympathetic to the cause and we have adapted to living on the streets," said Kwanchai Praipanna, a radio host and community organiser from the northeast.

"We have worked out a system where people can go back home when they need to and come back to join their brothers and sisters."

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mart 2010, 14:17

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