Red shirts vow to keep "Bangkok open" on Jan 13

Red shirts vow to keep "Bangkok open" on Jan 13
Thai pro-government Red Shirt supporters wave clappers and cheer leaders' speeches during a rally at a stadium in Bangkok on November 30, 2013.

Red shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan on Thursday announced a new campaign to keep Bangkok open on January 13 to counter the campaign by the anti-government protesters to shut down the capital.

Jatuporn said at the press conference that the time had come for people, red shirt protesters among them, to stand up and fight against what he called the elite's network, which planned to mobilise southerners to oust the elected government.

"We are ready. If we lose democracy, we don't know what will happen. This month is the month of 'make or break'. Please wait for a signal from us. We will fight under peaceful principles," he said.

He also asked other provinces to stage overture rallies starting from January 5, the same date as antigovernment protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has called for an overture before laying siege to Bangkok on January 13.

Further details will be announced later, he said.

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