As "Judgement Day" on former PM Thaksin Shinawatra's Bt76-billion assets-seizure case nears, bomb-related incidents took place in Bangkok over the Chinese New Year weekend and people are starting to get jittery.
On Feb 26, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for holders of Political Positions will give its verdict on whether 76 billion baht in frozen assets held by fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his family should be seized.. And there is widespread concern there could be further violence if the court rules against Thaksin.
However, UDD core leader Veera Musikhapong reaffirmed on Tuesday, Feb 16 that the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will not organise a political rally on Feb 26.
“But if people want to go to the court by themselves to hear the verdict, then it is their right to do so and UDD leaders cannot stop them,” Mr Veera said.
Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban welcomed the announcement, saying it would help prevent further damage and and enable the country to steadily move forward.
Bangkok Post, "UDD won't rally on Feb 26",February 17, 2010, http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/168673/udd-won-t-rally-on-feb-26
The Nation, "The court's options in its ruling on Feb 26", February 17, 2010, http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2010/02/17/politics/politics_30122771.php
The Nation, "Red shirts 'not planning violence': Weng", February 17, 2010, http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2010/02/17/politics/politics_30122769.php