Protesters led by People’s Alliance for Democracy on Saturday threatened to protest and surround the Cambodian Embassy next month unless Cambodia withdrew its troops from area adjacent to Preah Vihear Temple.
The threat was made when they organised a brief protest at Puk Tien Beach in Cha-Am district Saturday, demanding the withdrawal of troops from the area immediately.
“We will protest at the Cambodian Embassy next month. Unless its government withdrew troops from the disputed area, we will surround the embassy.”
Some 30 people gathered at the beach, about ten kilometers from meeting venue of Asean Summit, also in responding to harsh remarks by Cambodia that it would not extradite former Prime Minister Shinawatra Thaksin to Thailand.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said upon arrival in Hua Hin to attend the summit on Friday that he would make Thaksin his economic adviser.
The statement fuels tension in the relation with the Thai government which wanted Thaksin to returnn to Thailand to serve jail term on abuse of power and corruption charges.
The protesters held banners, reading that Hun Sen was not welcomed by Thai people.
Thailand and Cambodia have been at the loggerhead over the disputed area near the Hindu temple for long time but the issue was heated a year ago as it was listed as a world heritage site.
Preah Vihear Activist Threatens to Surround Cambodian Embassy
Veera Somkwamkid, secretary-general of the People’s Network against Corruption, plans to submit an open letter to Cambodian PM Hun Sen to retaliate against a statement made by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his public announcement that he’ll not extradite former PM Thaksin Shinawatra back to Thailand despite the existence of an extradition treaty between Thailand and Cambodia.
He’s urged Cambodian PM Hun Sen to order the Cambodian troops to leave the vicinity of the Preah Vihear Temple within 7 days and stop interfering in Thailand’s domestic affairs. He’s also threatened to lead a protest in front of the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok for 7 days.
Veera has been actively campaign against Cambodia’s alleged claim of ownership over the 4.6 square meters of a disputed near the Preah Vihear Temple.