LA Thais want premier out
A number of Thais living in Los Angeles will stage a rally tomorrow to demand the ousting of caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, according to Thaitown USA News, an online news outlet popular among Thais living abroad.
A group calling itself People's Alliance for Thai Democracy in the US said its members would gather in protest outside the local Thai Consulate at about 11am, thaitownusa.com reported.
The gathering in Los Angeles will be timed to coincide with an anti-government mass rally at Sanam Luang in Bangkok organised by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which has vowed to hound Thaksin from office.
Tomorrow's anti-Thaksin rally in the US will be the group's second as it already staged a demonstration at the same venue on February 26, the day anti-Thaksin demonstrators held their own mass protest in Bangkok.
Protesters in the US were reportedly wearing T-shirts with "Thaksin Get Out" slogans alongside placards written in Thai demanding Thaksin's immediate resignation. After half an hour, however, they had to disperse because they had not received permission from the municipal government.
Members of the group in Los Angeles have sought and received permission to stage their protest for an hour and a half tomorrow, the online news organ reported.
Meanwhile, Thammasat University alumni living in the US have been gathering signatures of fellow Thais in the US demanding the ousting of Thaksin.
Members of the alumni association said they were soliciting signatures in the US out of solidarity with current Thammasat students gathering signatures for the same purpose.