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New Thai Red Shirts leader warns of battle ahead

Published on Mar 16, 2014 7:14 PM
 
A firebrand hardliner, Mr Jatuporn Prompan (centre, seen in a file picture from 2010) who was a core leader of Thailand's Red Shirts in the country's massive 2010 protests has been chosen to head the pro-government movement, saying on Sunday, March 16, 2014, that a "big fight" lay ahead. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH

BANGKOK (AFP) - A firebrand hardliner who was a core leader of Thailand's Red Shirts in the country's massive 2010 protests has been chosen to head the pro-government movement, saying on Sunday that a "big fight" lay ahead.

Former MP Jatuporn Prompan, facing terrorism charges in an ongoing trial related to the 2010 uprising, told AFP that any new Red Shirt tactics would be "peaceful".

"We have to discuss our strategy," Jatuporn told AFP on Sunday. "The next battle will be big." He ruled out violence, saying that any new strategy would involve "no weapons".

Jatuporn took the helm as chairman from previous Red Shirt leader Tida Tawornseth at a gathering of 10,000 supporters in Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, on Saturday.

 
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