Bangkok — The red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) announced it will hold nationwide mass rallies in various provinces next week to pressure anti-amnesty bill protesters in Bangkok to disperse, said a co-leader of the group Friday.
UDD co-leader Cherdchai Tantisirin said the purpose of the demonstrations is to show the public that the majority of Thailand’s population supports the current government.
He accused the protesters in Bangkok of changing their motives from opposing the amnesty bill to overthrowing the state.
Mr. Cherchai also warned that if a coup occurs, millions of UDD supporters will take to the streets, according to reports.
He said the planned major rallies are in Khon Kaen on Monday, Chiang Mai on Tuesday, Samut Prakan on Wednesday, Chon Buri on Thursday, and Udon Ratchathani on Friday.
All red-shirt co-leaders will appear at all five main rallies, he said.
Mr. Cherdchai, who is also a Pheu Thai party MP, ensured that the red-shirt supporters would not clash with the anti-amnesty bill protesters.