Pro-democracy demonstrators set for rally in front of parliament

Thai security officials say they are prepared to meet all challenges as pro-democracy activists are set to gather in front of parliament on Thursday ahead of a parliamentary vote on amending the constitution.

Chuan Leekpai, President of the National Assembly, said the voting on the charter amendment bills will start around 5-6 pm and could last until midnight. He said the rally will not affect the voting.

Local police are planning to close down the roads leading up to the parliament from Kiak Kai intersection to Saphan Daeng intersection.

Pro-democracy groups Free Youth, the Free People Movement and the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration have called for protestors to gather at the parliament at 4 pm to call for constitutional change.

The pro-democracy group says the current charter was put in place by a military junta and is undemocratic. They are calling for amendments specifically to clauses which allow the military-appointed senate to vote for the prime minister.

The PM said earlier that no special instruction has been given to the security officers and they will act within the law.

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