Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Thai nationalists launch protest against government policy in land dispute with Cambodia

via CAAI

By The Associated Press (CP) – 2 hours ago

BANGKOK — Thailand's capital is bracing for a new round of street protests by nationalist groups that claim the government fails to safeguard disputed territory along the border with neighbouring Cambodia.

About 350 people gathered Tuesday for the start of a rally by the so-called People's Alliance for Democracy — also known as the Yellow Shirts — the same group that in 2008 occupied the prime minister's offices for three months and took over Bangkok's two airports. An associated fringe group, the Thai Patriots Network, has been protesting on the same nationalist theme since earlier this month.

The protest has been overshadowed by the arrest Monday of five men who allegedly were planning to set off bombs to disrupt the demonstrations.

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