Democrat says PAD has fought in peaceful manner

August 27th, 2008 - 3:23 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Secretary-General of the Democrat party Suthep Thuagsuban (สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ) says the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has rallied in peaceful means and dismisses the rumor that the party has sacked one of PAD’s core figures Somkiat Phongpaiboon (สมเกียรติ พงษ์ไพบูลย์).

Mr Suthep also praises Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Kowit Wattana for not resorting to the means of force to disperse the protestors last night (August, 26th). He says the government should take legal action with only the protestors who broke laws and suggests that all sides stick to laws in resolving the ongoing political problems.

The party secretary-general says he has talked to PAD’ s core figure Somkiat Phongpaiboon who is a party-list MP of Democrat and expresses his confidence that Mr Somkiat’s involvement in PAD’s rally will not affect the party’s reputation.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Chart Thai party Banharn Silpa-archa says he agrees with the government’s non-violent measures in dealing with the protestors. He says PAD Leader Chamlong Srimuang’s stance is opposite to the chaos yesterday and requests him to reconsider PAD’s rally strategies. He says he is concerned over third party people who may mingle among the protestors to trigger violence. However, the Chart Thai leader refuses to comment on solutions to the political situation.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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