Anti “secession” banner emerges in Phitsanulok

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A large banner opposing the secession of the northern and northeast regions was placed at a pedestrian overpass in Phitsanulok province this morning.

The banner was placed at the side of the overpass on Singhawat road, near the Phitsanulok Muang district office.
It was not known who or which group placed the anti secession banner on the overpass.
But earlier on February 26, a large banner advocating the secession of the North and the Northeast was also placed at a pedestrian overpass on Phitsanulok-Nakhon Sawan road. The banner was quickly removed by local authorities.
Earlier last Sunday at the protest rally of the red-shirts in Nakhon Ratchasima where caretaker Interior Minister and ruling Pheu Thai party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan attended, hardcore redshirts declared to secede the country’s north and northeast regions to establish what they called “Isan-Lanna” state and also encouraged over 10 millions of people who have guns to get ready for final showdown with anti-government protesters.
Later, core members of the Pheu Thai party, including Chalerm Yoobamrung, director of the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order, came out to defend the secession threat saying it was just “political rhetorics” of politicians and they didn’t mean it seriously.

But the secession issue has enraged  several groups of people in the country which include the military and anti-government protesters, saying it was tantamount to blatantly declare rebellion.