Thailand's "yellow shirts" agree to change rally venue

Monday, August 9, 2010

BANGKOK, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's "yellow shirts" have agreed to shift their rally venue from the Government House to the Kilawes Stadium in central Bangkok on Saturday, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported quoting Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as saying Friday.

The decision to stage the rally at the Kilawes Stadium of the Thailand-Japan Youth Center in the Din Daeng area was made after an over two-hour meeting between Abhisit and representatives of the "yellow shirts" network.

The "yellow shirts" rally is aimed to demand the government to revoke the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on boundary demarcation signed with Cambodia in 2000.

The MOU, which recognizes the Siam-French demarcation map, is feared to allow neighboring Cambodia to claim the Thai territory, the "yellow-shirt" group said.

In a related development, the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) has declared a ban on traveling on four routes surrounding the Government House in central Bangkok, effective from 08:00 p.m. local time, on Friday.

Also, the CRES said none is allowed to enter into the Government House compound.

Any who breaks the CRES rules will face a maximum two-year jail term and a fine worth upto 40,000 baht (1,247.68 U.S. dollars).


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