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Faction in Thai anti-gov't group normal: leader

Written By vibykhmer on Friday, September 4, 2009 | 8:33 AM

BANGKOK, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Faction has occurred in the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) group, but it is normal due to different attitude among the UDD core leaders, UDD core leader Nattawut Saikeu told Xinhua on Friday.

The faction has occurred since the UDD core leaders hold different attitudes towards in the way of fighting for the UDD group, Nattawut said.

"This is normal after having fought for the group for three years, while each has right to create his new way of fighting," he said.

Meanwhile, the UDD core leaders have decided to postpone a mass anti-government rally from this Saturday to Sept. 19.

Sept. 19 marks the third anniversary of a military coup that ousted former Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been perceived as the real leader of the UDD group or the red-shirted people.

Thaksin, who has been accused of corruption, has been kept in exile. In February, 2008, Thaksin returned to Thailand to face corruption charges, but he later fled into exile again and was convicted in absentia.

In a related development, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban called a meeting with top security officials after the UDD postponed the rally to Sept. 19.

The meeting expressed concern over the rally and has agreed to keep all developments under watch before deciding on action plans, the website by Bangkok Post quoted Dithaporn Sasasamit, spokesman of the Internal Security Operations Command as saying.

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