Anti-Govt Protesters Flying 'Al Qaeda' Banner

(22 October) A banner proclaiming allegiance to international terror network Al Qaeda has appeared in the anti-government protests encampment at Uruphong Intersection.

The banner reads: "Underground Al Qaeda is here!". It is hanging on the western side of the protest site, between two banners saying "Flowers for those who are brave and love justice" and "Bangkok people with more than 100[%] in their hearts are here!".

The context of the banner is unclear, as there is no immediate information how the protesters, who are demanding for resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, might be related to the terrorist organisation.

However, in July anti-government social network sites had widely shared a video which claimed to show Al Qaeda operatives threatening to assassinate former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the brother of Ms. Yingluck.

Security officials quickly dismissed the video as a forgery, but many anti-government netizens nevertheless cheered the alleged Al Qaeda agents for standing up against Mr. Thaksin, whom they perceived to be a corrupt dictator.

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