THAILAND - Red-shirt demonstrators will not confront anti-government protesters on January 13, caretaker Deputy Commerce Minister and red-shirt leader Nuttawut Saikuar said Friday.
He said the rallies of the red shirts on January 13 would be held in many provinces, but not in Bangkok and its adjacent provinces.
To avoid confrontations with supporters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, the red shirts will not rally in the southern provinces either, Nuttawut added.
He said the rallies would be held simultaneously at 9am at important venues in the provinces and on main roads. The rallies are being held to oppose a coup and to express support for the February 2 election.
The campaigns would have as their slogan "introducing the real owners of the ruling mandate and opening the door to the election", Nuttawut said.
In the evening, there will be panel discussions at three stages in the North, the Northeast and the Central region. Participants will include academics, representatives of selected professions and famous individuals from various walks of life as well as pro-democracy fighters and politicians, he added.
Jatuporn Promphan, a red-shirt leader, said the people who are against the planned Bangkok shutdown by the PDRC should come out to join the rallies.