On Saturday, March 8, 2013. The United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) has staged a rally in Chiang Mai province to show support for democracy.
50,000 UDD supporters from 17 provinces in the north have joined the rally at Chiang Mai’s International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Addressing the crowd at the rally, Thida Tavonseth, president of the UDD said the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) are coining out rumours and are accusing the Red Shirts supporters for being a separatists because they can no longer find other excuse to prolong their protest.
“They were all over this idea of separation that has been spark out of proportion by the army because they are desperate. However, it is clear now that all these claims of secession are untrue,” said Thida.
Thida said Suthep Thaugsuban, co-leader of the PDRC, is lying about reformation of the country because Suthep never bother to reform anything when he was in power as deputy prime minister of Abhisit’s administration.
Thida reminded the supporters the Ammart-network of military, elite civil servants, academic and powerful businessmen are constantly trying to undermine the grassroots movement of the people because they wanted to hold on to their power but reassure them that the UDD and the Red Shirts will not fall down so easily.
“The Red Shirts will not let the country reverted back under the control tyrannical system and we will soon get rid of these Ammart’s controlled chains that are tying us down,” said Thida.
Jatuporn Prompan, co-leader of the UDD said the next destination for the organization’s rally will be in the central provinces and he told supporters in the North and North-East to prepare for a march to the capital while the date for the mass movement will be announced shortly.
Jatuporn also told Suthep to stop thinking about the idea of an “article 7 prime minister” because it is impossible due to the fact that the Red Shirts will never let it happened.
“Let Suthep and the Ammart hear that the Red Shirts and the UDD will never give up and we will never split the country because we are fighting for it,” said Jatuporn.
Video Links of Mrs Thida’s speech in Chiang Mai via YouTube