RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 17, 2010. United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leaders heading the pro-democracy rally in Bangkok have today publicly slammed local and international media reports claiming it was their intention to surrender to police on May 15.
Core UDD leader Dr. Weng Tochirakarn said UDD leaders had never said they would surrender to police and all members of the leadership team were committed to continuing their peaceful protest until they had achieved their aims of having the Thai parliament dissolved and fresh elections called.
Speaking at the Ratchaprasong stage in the heart of the Bangkok shopping and business precinct, Dr. Weng said the leaders yesterday said it was their intention to send their lawyers to the police to acknowledge arrest warrants that had been issued for them, but, “at no time did we say it is our intention to surrender to the police.”
With the protest now in its 35th day, Dr. Weng said now that the Thai New Year (Songkran) celebrations were over, thousands of additional protesters were now streaming into the protest site.
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RATCHAPRASONG, APRIL 17, 2010: We have been advised by three separate and previously reliable sources that a military operation will commence at 4am today, Saturday, April 17, 2010 in an attempt to clear United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) red-shirt protesters from the Ratchaprasong area.
In addition, we have been advised that tanks have been sent from Prachin Buri by rail and have arrived in Bangkok.
This information has been supplied in the early hours of Saturday morning and is in addition and from sources not associated with the information we received on Friday evening. We have done everything possible to try and verify this information and consider it to be extremely credible.
The information supplied by several sources on Friday evening was that:
1. There are many ambulances around Rajaprasong this evening even though there are many hospitals in the area.
2. Intelligence report says that weapons are being transported via Sansaeb Canal.
3. Extra war weapons are being brought in from Prachinburi ETA 10 pm at Bangsue.
4. Police Sources report that snipers are being placed on roof tops at Rajaprasong.
5. Soldiers are instructed to wear combat uniforms this evening.
6. Trucks with Amplifiers are being prepared.
7. Chinook Helicopters are being prepared, possibly to transport captured people.
8. Military Barrack at Hat Yai is being prepared for a prison camp.
This information is supplied on an “in good faith basis”.ull