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Thailand coup: Pro-Thaksin 'Red Shirt' leader says will not end protest

Published on May 22, 2014 6:56 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - The leader of Thailand's pro-government "Red Shirts" said the political group would continue its rally on the outskirts of Bangkok despite the military seizing control of the government in a coup on Thursday and telling all protest groups to disperse.

"Will you fight or will you not fight? We will not go anywhere. Don't panic because we expected this," leader Jatuporn Prompan told supporters. "Whatever happens will happen."

The group, supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, had threatened to resist if the army seized power.

The army has said it will send troops to pro- and anti-government protest sites in and around Bangkok to escort protesters away.

Pro-government "red shirt" protest leader Jatuporn Prompan during a conference at his encampment in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok on May 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS