The United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) has demanded a ceasefire and troop withdrawal to end the prolonged gathering of the group at Ratchaprasong Intersection while urging the UN to help mediate the conflict.

Speaking after a meeting of UDD core leaders, UDD Secretary-General Nattawut Saikua called on the government to stop shooting and withdrawing troops from the area to avoid further losses from confrontation between the troops and people.

Mr Nattawut confirmed that the UDD would be ready to end its rally and take part in a peace talk after the ceasefire while the UN would be encouraged to help mediate the conflict and achieve reconciliation because no organizations in the country could be trusted at present.

The secretary-general added that UDD demonstrators could leave the rally site freely. He also suggested women and children to take shelter inside the Pathumwanaram Monastery for their safety, if they no longer wish to fight.

Meanwhile, UDD Deputy Chairperson, Jatuporn Prompan, has likened today’s situation to that of the May 1992 uprising when His Majesty the King stepped in to halt further bloodshed in the country. He said the UDD would like to seek mercy from His Majesty the King as its last resort.