Thai protest 'resumes tomorrow'

Thai protest 'resumes tomorrow'

The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has halted its month-long rally to celebrate His Majesty the King's Birthday today, and plans to resume the protest tomorrow.

However, the group encouraged people to celebrate at three of its rally sites: Democracy Monument, and the besieged Finance Ministry and Government Complex.

A merit-making ceremony will be carried out starting with the giving of alms to 99 monks at 7am, followed by the offering of a meal to the monks. At 5pm, there will be a chanting ceremony and at 6.30pm PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban will lead the protesters to wish HM the King a happy birthday at the three rally stages in Bangkok, and at other sites in the provinces.

Suthep on Tuesday night said the group would continue its protest against the so-called "Thaksin regime" tomorrow. The protesters at Democracy Monument on Rajdamnoen Road yesterday took a break from demonstrating and organised a Big Cleaning Day.

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha deployed five military teams to help clean up areas used by protesters and beautify the place with flowers to celebrate His Majesty the King's birthday.

Officials at Government House returned to work, after the anti-government protesters broke into the compound and declared their victory on Tuesday, before leaving.

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