Bangkok Shutdown: Thai election supporters speak out
BANGKOK (AFP) - Angered by opposition protests seeking to thwart upcoming polls, a burgeoning pro-election movement in Thailand is taking a stand to demand their votes are respected, with candlelight vigils and Facebook campaigns.
Seeking a middle ground in a bitterly divisive political conflict, the kingdom's newest street activist group aims to challenge anti-government demonstrators who want to install an unelected "people's council" to run the country.
"We want to vote. We want to vote! - February 2, go to vote," several hundred campaigners chanted while holding candles in a park in central Bangkok this week.
"Now Thai people don't listen to one another, so we want them to see the light instead," said one of the campaign organisers, who asked not to be named for fear of being targeted by the demonstrators.