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Authorities shut down 'red shirt' protesters' TV channel

Video by Lorna SHADDICK

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-09

Thai authorities have shut down a TV channel of red shirted anti-government protesters as part of their efforts to restore order in the capital, a minister said. Rallies to topple the government are ongoing.

AFP - Thai authorities pulled the plug on the television channel of red shirted anti-government protesters Thursday, prompting an angry response from the demonstrators.

"We have successfully shut down the People's Channel (P-TV)," Satit Wonghnongtaey, minister attached to the premier's office, told AFP.

He said the station had been taken off air for inciting unrest.

The satellite TV channel's rolling coverage of the red shirt rallies was abruptly halted, leaving a blank screen.

The protesters, who have refused to end a mass rally in the capital despite a state of emergency, railed against the government's move.

"It is an evil measure by a dictator government," said Reds leader Nattawut Saikuar from the rally stage.

"The government wrongly thinks that cutting the signal will stop Reds from gathering. We give final word to the government to connect our signal within today, otherwise people will fight for their rights."

The Reds have promised another big gathering on Friday, extending more than three weeks of rolling rallies that attracted 100,000 people at their peak.
 

Date created : 2010-04-08

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