Warnings Issued: New Thailand Red Shirt Demonstrations Could Turn Violent

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Warnings Issued: New Thailand Red Shirt Demonstrations Could Turn Violent

Foreigners are warned by US Embassy, Bangkok, to use caution in Bangkok and in and around Chiang Mai as the Red Shirts begin yet another demonstration which could turn violent as the 4th Anniversary of the ousting of Prime Minister Thaksin and the fourth month anniversary of the end of the Red Shirts protests ending coincide later this month.

Thailand Red Shirt demonstrations this month could turn violent. Political demonstrations in Bangkok and northern Thailand will mark the fourth anniversary of the September 2006 coup and the four-month anniversary of the end of the 2010 demonstrations in Bangkok.

Supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD or “Red-Shirts”) are organizing activities that will include September 17 wreath laying at prisons where UDD members are being held and a vehicular procession from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, where participants will join UDD activities on September 19.

On September 19, UDD supporters in Bangkok plan gatherings at Thammasart University and Democracy Monument. The UDD is scheduled to hold a rally in the Ratchaprasong between approximately 1700 – 1900 hours; about 2,000 people are expected to participate. UDD supporters in Chiang Mai plan to assemble in the area of the Chiang Mai railroad station proceed to the ThaPae Gate area, then march along the moat that surrounds the old city, and then rally at the Municipal Sports Stadium. UDD supporters could also gather at the Three Kings Monument and at the Grand Worarot Hotel (near Wat Phra Singh). These areas are frequented by foreign tourists. Other possible demonstration sites include government buildings and military and police installations. UDD gatherings in other provinces across northern Thailand are also likely on September 19.

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