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Thai “red shirts” consider symbolic airport rally

Thai “red shirts” consider symbolic airport rally

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai “red shirt” demonstrators are planning a symbolic rally next week near Bangkok’s main airport, but insisted on Wednesday there would be no repeat of a crippling blockade a year ago by a rival protest movement.

The anti-government group said it was considering a brief demonstration on the road leading to Suvarnabhumi Airport to highlight the government’s failure to prosecute “yellow shirt” protestors who shut down two airports in December 2008.

The eight-day blockade by the yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which helped undermine two governments backed by exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, disrupted trade and left at least 230,000 tourists stranded.

The PAD’s occupation of the $4 billion (2.45 billion pound) Suvarnabhumi airport led to downgrades of Thailand’s sovereign credit rating and dealt a big blow to the country’s vital tourism industry, which returned to positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Most significant, the “red shirts” say, is the failure to prosecute those behind the siege. At the same time as the PAD protest, a court dissolved the pro-Thaksin People’s Power Party government and ushered in the current administration, led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s Democrats.

“If we go to the airport, it will be a symbolic rally. We won’t bring many people,” said Arisman Pongruangrong, a folk singer and key activist with the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the “red shirts” formal name.

“We won’t close the airport or shut down traffic. We just want to tell the world that the government is unfair and practices double standards,” he added.

MARKET IMPACT

Thailand’s stock market has reflected concerns about the impact of the UDD’s anti-government push, with the benchmark index falling more than one percent on Tuesday, against regional trends, on news of the mooted airport rally.

The UDD, which is backed by the twice-elected Thaksin, accuses the government and his opponents — the PAD, royal advisors, business elites and the military — of using undemocratic means to topple elected pro-Thaksin governments.

The UDD has staged recent protests at symbolic locations such as the offices of the Election Commission (EC) and the Privy Council, a body of advisers to the country’s revered king.

The UDD plans to hold a mass rally in eastern Chantaburi province this weekend at a golf course they claim was built illegally on forest reserve land and may have links to Privy Council Chairman Prem Tinsulanonda, the king’s closest aide.

It believes Prem, an 89-year-old former premier and army chief, masterminded the coup that removed Thaksin in 2006. It also says the EC is dragging its heels in investigating Abhisit’s Democrats over alleged irregularities in campaign donations.

The UDD also plans to hold a mass rally lasting at least one week on the roads near the seat of government, starting in mid-February, calling for fresh elections.

It is likely to take place at the same time as a parliamentary no-confidence motion against the government by the pro-Thaksin opposition Puea Thai party.

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Kirilenko riveting

Kirilenko riveting

MELBOURNE – Russian player Maria Kirilenko (picture) continues to steal Kejohanan toehold in the Australian Open Tennis.

After sink movement compatriot Maria Sharapova in the first rotation Isnin ago, Kirilenko continued to fascinate enthusiasts triumph at Melbourne Park.

At the second rotation last night, Kirilenko berdepan no big problem to create victory 6-3, 6-1 to the Australian players, Yvonne Meusburger.

Kirilenko said, the meeting is more difficult to oppose proportional Meusburger when he met Sharapova.

However, after recovering than perfidy was experiencing knee last year, Kirilenko was sure she was now capable of displaying more powerful manner.

“My game is better now,” he said.

“I think, as I’ve fizikalnya willing to play three sets.

“I just need to do the best and deal with it one by one,” added Kirilenko who is now ranked the 58th world.

Although the charges eyes showed Kirilenko can create easy victory, but he was forced to take a period of one hour 40 minutes away before killing his adversary’s triumphs.

“I can not word it very easy fight. I’m easy to cite the eye but he is one long struggle that lasted nearly two hours.

“He is a resistance that is difficult and I need to work hard to cite each eye,” Kirilenko added.

Kirilenko, 22, would berdepan Italian player, Roberta Vinci, or the United States players, Vania King in the third rotation tomorrow.

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Hiddink is still looking for new employment opportunities

Hiddink is still looking for new employment opportunities

LONDON – Ejen cloning to jurulatih Russia, Guus Hiddink WordPress exert Merisik he now has several leading European clubs including the giant England, Liverpool.

When this, Hiddink was looking for ‘new job’ after he failed to bring Russia into action at the centrifugal end of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Jun future.

There are reports that the Dutch birth control would replace the Liverpool manager, Rafael Benitez is now increasingly depressed ekoran failure in the Reds squad Kempen-Champions League Winners, FA Cup and League Cup.

“I have talked with representatives than four clubs and five national army.

“Almost all of these clubs have been in Akhbar before diperkatakan like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea as well but talks are still held Rasmi again.

“We need to make conversation with the President Bola Sepak Russia (FA) in advance to find out about Hiddink’s future,” said Hiddink ejen, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen.

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