PAD vow to reclaim Thai soil at miniature Preah Vihear

About 500 yellow shirts read a statement, raised the Thai flag, and sang the national anthem at the Ancient City’s miniature Preah Vihear in Samut Prakarn.

On 29 Sept, according to ASTV Manager, Veera Somkwamkid, a leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, led 500 PAD members to the miniature Preah Vihear at the Ancient City, a tourist attraction in Samut Prakarn province near Bangkok.


Captures of TNN news report on the PAD at the miniature Preah Vihear in Samut Prakarn on 29 Sept by ห่านจิก (Mr.Warut) at www.pantip.com.

In their statement, they vowed to do everything within the bounds of the law to reclaim the Thai territory surrounding Preah Vihear, and prosecute those responsible for the loss of territory and the intrusion.

They demanded the departure of the Cambodian people who had intruded onto Thai soil, and condemned the World Heritage Committee for distorting facts and being partial.

They raised the Thai flag and sang the national anthem.

They then took photos at various spots at the miniature Preah Vihear, which they could not have done at the real temple, ASTV Manager reports.

Video clip of TNN news report by Tuxedotomcat.

Veera had led thousands of yellow shirts to Sri Sa Ket on 19 Sept, when they clashed with police and local residents of Bhumi Sarol village.  They later managed to send representatives to read their statement at Pha Mor I Daeng near the Preah Vihear temple on 20 Sept.

On 22 Sept, Phaibul Nititawan, an appointed senator and leader of a group of 40 senators, suggested changing the name of the village where clash had occurred to a Thai name, because Bhumi Sarol is Cambodian, meaning 'a fertile land'.  So it is the fertility of the Cambodians, not of the Thais, he said. 

Another clip by palrakonline.

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