30,000 people walk out on Samak speech - Bangkok Post, September 26, 2007
In his first provincial political campaign since taking the helm of the People's Power party (PPP), veteran politician Samak Sundaravej saw three-quarters of his audience walk out during his speech in Buri Ram, and was greeted with catcalls in Nakhon Ratchasima. Ten minutes into his speech, the audience had dropped from about 40,000 to about 10,000. But Samak continued for another 30 minutes, criticising the government. Samak followed key PPP member Newin Chidchob on stage. The Burin Ram politician opened up to the public for the first time since last September's coup. Newin told the crowd the best way to carry the fight to the coup makers was to choose Samak as the next PM. Earlier in the day, Samak was met with boos and jeers from protesters in Nakhon Ratchasima who prevented him from worshipping at the Thao Suranaree statue. Samak's car changed direction, bypassing the province's landmark statue of the heroine, and headed to Wat Sala Loi, where he paid respect to her ashes instead. Samak threatened to sue the protestors for defamation. In his speech later in the day in Buri Ram, Samak said, ''The Thai Rak Thai party is immortal and now returns as the People's Power party...''
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