BANGKOK, June 24 (Bernama) -– Tens of thousand of pro-government Red Shirt
protesters held a mass rally in this capital today, in a show of strength
against the ''elite'' group which they alleged, intended to overthrow the
current democratically-elected government.
In sending the signal to the group, they also held the rally to mark the 80th
anniversary of the 1932 revolution that brought the present constitutional
monarchy system in the country to replace the absolute monarchy system.
They began gathering at the Democracy Monument in Ratchadamneon Avenue about
10am, with the police estimating that about 50,000 Red Shirt supporters would
attend the event, scheduled to last until midnight.
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leader Jatuporn
Prompan claimed that the country''s independent institutions were being used to
undermine the current government.
They include the Constitution Court''s order to suspend parliament''s reading
of the Charter Amendment Bill, and the National Anti-Corruption Commission''s
ruling that Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit committed malfeasance
certifying the sale of monastic land to a golf course developer.
JM JM GR