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CRES to beef up security ahead of planned red-shirt rallies

Three companies of metropolitan policemen and 500 traffic police and special investigators will be deployed to keep security when the red-shirt people hold rallies to mark three major evens, the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation announced Friday.

Col Songpol Watthanachai, assistant CRES spokesman, said nine other companies of policemen would be on standby in case untoward incidents happen.

Songpol said first event is the planned rally on Saturday to mark six months after the death of Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdiphol, a red-shirt leader.

Then on Sunday, there will be as royally-sponsored cremation for former prime minister Samak Sundaravej.

The red-shirt is expected to hold a rally on November 19 to mark six months after the crackdown at the Rajprasong.

Songpol said no violence is expected for now as the red-shirt leaders are expected to hold only symbolic demonstrations.

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-- The Nation 2010-11-12

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CRES to Step up Security for Red-shirt Gatherings

The Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES) says it will step up security for the gathering of the red-shirt group on November 13 and 19. The CRES called on the protesters to abide by the law and not to prolong their rally.

The group also called on the 2 recently released red-shirt leaders not to provoke the situation.

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-- Tan Network 2010-11-12

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CRES to closely monitor political activities Nov 13,14 and 19; urges would-be demonstrators to comply with law, stage brief rally /MCOT

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With k. Samak's past activities in 1976 I would expect a (silent) protest from activists, real democracy lovers rather than people commemorating him and his 'good' deeds. New shirts with 'people died in 1976' seems appropriate.

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With k. Samak's past activities in 1976 I would expect a (silent) protest from activists, real democracy lovers rather than people commemorating him and his 'good' deeds. New shirts with 'people died in 1976' seems appropriate.

You're totally right.

As for the two other "demonstrations", they are just as dubious.

Samak, See Deang... a group like this has the heroes it deserves... <_<

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How many major commemorative events are on the Red Shirt calendar? It seems they 'mass' (snicker) to commemorate some tragedy or event every other week...

Is it just me or is the obvious self-perpetuating nature of the rallies in creating 'new' events to 'commemorate' pretty much evident to everyone, including the Red Shirt leadership?

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I thought that groups of more than 5 people were banned in bangkok or is this another example of the law in thailand being flaunted and disregarded because the so called "authorities" do not have the backbone to enforce their own laws.

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PRO-THAKSIN PROTEST

Police, troops at ready as red shirts rally

By The Nation

A large police contingent has been readied to provide security at redshirt rallies and activities planned for the weekend, with soldiers put on standby for emergency mobilisation.

Five hundred riot police will be backed up by 900 regular police officers, with troops called in if situations get out of hand, a police spokesman for the Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) said yesterday.

The red shirts have announced rallies today and tomorrow to mark the day Army specialist Khattiya Sawasdiphol was fatally shot in the head six months ago during their protests at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection. Tomorrow, they also plan to honour late prime minister Samak Sundaravej, whose body is scheduled for cremation. Samak was an ally of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Another major rally is expected next Friday to mark six months since troops moved in to disperse the crowds of red shirts at Ratchaprasong intersection.

News media have dubbed the three days of redshirt activities “three days of danger”.

Two redshirt protest leaders were released this week after a Justice Ministry fund secured their bail. Sommai Inthanakha and Bunrit Sodakham later said they had been beaten to force them to confess to participating in crimes during the demonstrations. A CRES assistant spokesman, Pol Colonel Songphol Watthanachai, said it was their right to make claims about being beaten or to sue CRES officials.

Both men met with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, a chat described by the redallied Pheu Thai Party as a publicity stunt. A party spokesman said 148 red shirts remained in detention and the bailout of the two men was a failed attempt to win over red shirts across the country.

The Justice Ministry, meanwhile, is seeking jobs for red shirts who were unemployed before they took part in the protests and were arrested. Their requests for better conditions during detention, medical services, and minor assistance for their families have been met.

Bail for more red shirts is being processed but those arrested for violent crimes and arson will not benefit from the government’s leniency, said a senior ministry official.

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-- The Nation 2010-11-13

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Anyone know where the rallies will be held?

Lopburi (Tambon Khao Sam Yod of Lopburi’s Muang district) on November 27th.

Bangkok (unspecified locations as of yet) on November 13th, 14th, and 19th.

The 13th represents six months since Sae Daeng took a bullet to the brain at the Saladaeng intersection, so possibly it is scheduled for that location.

Wat Benjamabhopit might be the site for Samak's funeral on the 14th because that is where the bathing rites portion of his funeral was held on November 25th of last year.

The 19th represents six months since May Mayhem 2010 was quelled in Ratchaprasong intersection on May 19th, so possibly it is scheduled for that location.

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How many major commemorative events are on the Red Shirt calendar? It seems they 'mass' (snicker) to commemorate some tragedy or event every other week...

Is it just me or is the obvious self-perpetuating nature of the rallies in creating 'new' events to 'commemorate' pretty much evident to everyone, including the Red Shirt leadership?

Absolutely, Today is 6 months to the day that Seh Daeng was shot, then they can all come out again on the 17th as it took him 4 days to die. (Sniper was a bad shot)

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There is a truly amazing irony in anyone who sees themselves as a democracy activist honouring Samak. I guess history is not the strong point of the red movment.

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How many major commemorative events are on the Red Shirt calendar? It seems they 'mass' (snicker) to commemorate some tragedy or event every other week...

Is it just me or is the obvious self-perpetuating nature of the rallies in creating 'new' events to 'commemorate' pretty much evident to everyone, including the Red Shirt leadership?

Absolutely, Today is 6 months to the day that Seh Daeng was shot, then they can all come out again on the 17th as it took him 4 days to die. (Sniper was a bad shot)

Conversely, some experts would say it was exceptionally well-placed and precisely aimed shot because of that.

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There is a truly amazing irony in anyone who sees themselves as a democracy activist honouring Samak. I guess history is not the strong point of the red movment.

... and never will be. Selective memories to justify violence based on idealistic power brokers.

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