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Thai oppositionists and government supporters to hold street rallies May 9-10

May 08, 2014, 11:07 UTC+3
Pro-government protesters intend to come out in support of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was ousted from power by the country’s Constitutional Court
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BANGKOK, May 8. /ITAR-TASS/. Oppositionists and Thailand’s government backers are getting ready for protest rallies. Mass protest actions are expected to be held in Bangkok on May 9 and 10.

Oppositionists’ leader Suthep Thaugsuban in his address on Wednesday announced that the mass opposition rally would be held May 9 instead of May 14. The opponents of the current Thai authorities will meet in the capital’s Lumpini park. Thaugsuban declines to elaborate over the upcoming action so far, calling it “the final combat for people’s rule”.

“On this day, we will have to carry out a special mission,” Thaugsuban said. Anti-government protests continue in Bangkok for more than six months. The protesters demand complete dismissal of the current Cabinet, and the transfer of authority to the People’s Council, which will start political reforms in Thailand.

Supporters of the current government, which are called Red Shirts in Thailand, are also preparing a major rally in Bangkok. The preliminarily scheduled date is May 10. However, the Red Shirts have repeatedly changed their plans guided by the opposition’s actions. Pro-government protesters intend to come out in support of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was ousted from power by the country’s Constitutional Court, as well as in “support of democracy”.

“Aristocracy and rich families, who support the opposition, want to steal from us the democracy and strip us of the voting right,” says Jatuporn Prompan, one of the leaders of the pro-government National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship.

Meanwhile, blasts resumed in Bangkok on Thursday after a short truce. According to the metropolitan police, unidentified people with a grenade launcher attacked the buildings of a local hospital and a bank: the banking and medical communities openly support the opposition. No one was hurt as a result of the explosions, and the buildings were slightly damaged.

Acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as 9 members of her Cabinet were dismissed May 7 for making an anti-constitutional personnel decision in 2011. Trade Minister and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan has been appointed as the new acting head of the Cabinet. He will be in this office until new parliamentary elections, upon the results of which the following Cabinet will be appointed. The voting day has not been appointed yet.

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