Thai anti-gov't group threats to rally at ASEAN Summit's venues

October 17, 2009 10:18 pm 

BANGKOK, Oct. 18 — The anti-government United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group has threaten to stage a rally at the ASEAN Summit's venues to demand the government to conduct a referendum to seek public opinion on the 1997 and 2007 constitution, Arisman Pongreungrong, a UDD core leader, said Saturday night.

The rally at the ASEAN Summit will be peaceful and will not prolong, Arisman said.

In a bid to maintain security, the Thai government has imposed the Internal Security Act (ISA) from Oct. 12 until 27 at the venues of the Summit and related meetings.

The ISA law has prohibited any protest inside or in areas surrounding the ASEAN Summit and related venues.

Thailand, which is the 2009 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, will host the 15th ASEAN Summit and related meetings during Oct. 23-25 in southern beach resort town Cha-am and Hua Hin.

The 14th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Pattaya were forced to cancel due to thousands of red shirt demonstrators stormed in the summit venues. The political rioting created by the UDD group this year largely affected investors' confidence in the country. (PNA/Xinhua)

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