PDRC: Yingluck must go

The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on Tuesday repeated its demand that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra must step down.

"The PDRC gives Ms Yingluck 24 hours to decide since PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban made the announcement at 10.30pm yesterday (Dec 9).

"If she complies, the protests may end. If not, the PDRC will decide on the next step," PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan, a stepson of Mr Suthep, said.

Mr Akanat said the anti-government protest on Monday was considered a true victory for the people. Even when Ms Yingluck announced a House dissolution on national television on Monday morning, the people did not retreat but continue to march to uproot the "Thaksin regime".

The Pheu Thai Party's decision to make Ms Yingluck candidate No 1 on its party list meant that the party was challenging the power of the people and it could lead to further unrest, he said.

"Ms Yingluck must do what she has said that she will do -- anything to bring about reconciliation -- by resigning as caretaker premier and not backing anyone to replace her," said the former Democrat Party MP.

He said protest leader Suthep had called on civil servants to side with "the masses". If they refuse there will be more measures from Mr Suthep.

PDRC core member Thavorn Senniam took to the stage near Nang Lerng intersection, telling the crowd that most civil servants had decided to side with the PDRC.

Witthaya Kaewparadai, another protest leader, said the PDRC will give civil servants,  the army and police three days to decide if they want to join the anti-government protests.

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Discussion 1 : 10/12/2013 at 08:14 PM
Yingluck was never elected by the voters. She is a party-listed shoo-in.
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 06:15 PM
everyone's broken all the rules and getting away without a scratch...only the people has to suffer....that's why it's doesn't do any good pointing fingers...
Discussion 3 : 10/12/2013 at 06:12 PM
there was an arrest warrant for PM's brother too...
Discussion 4 : 10/12/2013 at 05:07 PM
Free and fair elections without vote buying, impossible under this Thaksin regime, get your head out of the sand.
Discussion 5 : 10/12/2013 at 04:24 PM
Beg to differ, out of all the troubles, she has shown dignity and leadership, on many occasions she's offered talks, but just kept getting demands, and from who, a man who was proved to be corrupt, and also carrying a warrant for his arrest .
Discussion 6 : 10/12/2013 at 04:21 PM
He also has the support of the silent majority.
Discussion 7 : 10/12/2013 at 04:14 PM
They were only paid for 3 days
Discussion 8 : 10/12/2013 at 04:12 PM
I would suggest all brother's appointees' should vacate. What hope is there without a good cleanout ?
Discussion 9 : 10/12/2013 at 04:11 PM
Oh god. Another person who thinks "democracy" is always and forever a 'good thing'. Two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner: Is that good? Thailand lacks sufficient constitutional controls on spending to make it an effective republic. Democracy will fail 100% of the time under such a (lack of ) structure. Thaksin knows this weakness extremely well and has exploited it flawlessly. You can call it "buying votes" or you can call it "stimulus", but ultimately Thailand's poor fiscal framework will always allow for self-interested, faux-populists to take control. That won't change until the constitution does.
Discussion 10 : 10/12/2013 at 04:10 PM
probably all those rich people who are paying the people higher wages these days.
Discussion 11 : 10/12/2013 at 03:50 PM
It's sad to watch the undemocratic PDRC and their mob rule the streets thinking that they represent the people... Only way for PDRC and the Democrats to gain any respect at all is through free elections... and through respecting the outcome of a free election... what happens now in Thailand just show the the country have a long way to go before it can call itself a democratic country.... up til now it's ruled by whoever have the most power...
Discussion 12 : 10/12/2013 at 03:50 PM
Again a sign that Mr Suthep and PDRC are not respecting the Democratic process! Elections have been announced for February this is the process; anything else is out of law; with such people trust in investment and project will plunge soon; he is a chaos organizer. from iPhone application.
Discussion 13 : 10/12/2013 at 03:45 PM
Suthep was not elected. Who is he to say that Yingluck has to go. Yingluck was elected on a democratic way. Bye bye Suthep
Discussion 14 : 10/12/2013 at 03:38 PM
But Obama isn't a puppet ! And doesn't run the country for a clan!
Discussion 15 : 10/12/2013 at 03:33 PM
I thought there was an arrest warrant for him?
Discussion 16 : 10/12/2013 at 03:32 PM
No matter what your colour is, you have to feel a little sorry for yinluck. She is trying to stay strong for her brother. If her brother had any decency he would tell her to stand down instead of watching her suffer the humiliation she is enduring. He doesn't care how many people he hurts, he just wants revenge. How can one man divide a nation?
Discussion 17 : 10/12/2013 at 03:14 PM
M/s Yingluck, I am not a fan of you or your brother's policies, but don't give in to this blackmailer. If he gets away with it now, it will give him or anyone else an open ticket for the future. And if Dan is correct about both he and his stepson being MP's, then we see the hypocrisy of the Dem's and their anti-family stance against now derailed Senate legislation. Also, he threatens civil servants who are paid to do their job no matter who is in power. This is downright dictatorial.
Discussion 18 : 10/12/2013 at 03:11 PM
I m so sad that this Suthep and his wellborned friend in Bangkok jeopardizes the Democrazy in Thailand. I understand why he and his stepson doesn´t accept a new election because then they probably loose their privileges as MP.s Me and my family is spending mostly of our holidays in Thailand because we love the Tahi people, we even have some thoughts to settle down in Thailand when I retire. This riot and open betrayal of their own country and democracy give me a lot of bad feelings. If Suthep with friends succeed with there actions and coup then I choose another place for my holidays. Thai nation stand up for your democracy and defend your r
Discussion 19 : 10/12/2013 at 03:05 PM
Not only Yingluck must go…also the worst cronies working for her brother like the 2 police chiefs; DSI chief and the foreign minister….
Discussion 20 : 10/12/2013 at 03:03 PM
The PDRC does not represent the majority of voters in Thailand and has no legal right to demand the resignation of Ms Yingluck. The silent majority will wipe the smile off Suthep's face come the election.
Discussion 21 : 10/12/2013 at 03:03 PM
It is a lot more likely to get injured in a traffic accident compared to any possible trouble from demonstrations. If you want to be 100% sure than go to Hua Hin and ignore Bangkok. It’s unlikely that you will see any demonstrators there.
Discussion 22 : 10/12/2013 at 02:57 PM
You are right. It is time for people all over Thailand to demand honest politicians.
Discussion 23 : 10/12/2013 at 02:56 PM
It’s not surprising that you find it difficult to understand if you start comparing Yingluck with Obama. Does Obama have a criminal brother or sister to tell him what to do? Would the American people accept a president who works only for his family?
Discussion 24 : 10/12/2013 at 02:34 PM
Yingluck has to stay because as far as I remember she was elected on a democratic way. Who is Suthep ? Was he elected ? If Yingluck did a bad job she will automatically be punished by the next elections. This is how democracy works people. To Mr. Suthep I would like to say , who are ?, were you elected ? Who gave you the right to destabilize amazing Thailand? I think Suthep is the stone in the shoe of the majority from the Thai people. Please Suthep, respect the choice of the Thai people. Shame on you Suthep, you should put the public good at the first place and not your personal interest.
Discussion 25 : 10/12/2013 at 02:23 PM
Suthep is just a mouth piece. He is not the one controlling the demands. There is someone far more powerful behind the scenes pulling his puppet strings.
Discussion 26 : 10/12/2013 at 02:22 PM
Suthep believes he has all the answers but really...if the civil servants side with "the masses'" wouldn't they (by definition) side with the vast majority who put the Pheu Thai into office 2 years ago in a landslide victory? Doesn't 15 million dwarf 11 million in an election? Evidently people siding with Suthep against TS cast aside the math they learned in school and come up with a kind of voodoo reasoning. Ah - good old hatred - what better reason to justify a crusade? One thing I know - the democrats are no better than TS or YS - they're just bigger bullies. I'll be glad to see them crushed in the election in February - I can't wait.
Discussion 27 : 10/12/2013 at 02:21 PM
Suthep would be well received if his home province was free of corruption, or as a first sign of his good will and his competency, free Koh Samui of Mafia styled practices.
Discussion 28 : 10/12/2013 at 02:20 PM
The subversive PDRC will be despised by the people. They used threats and intimidation to get people to rallies. Just like what is reported here "….. protest leader Suthep had called on civil servants to side with "the masses". If they refuse there will be more measures from Mr Suthep." It sounds like the threat he gave Korn "if you disagree with me, your life will be miserable."
Discussion 29 : 10/12/2013 at 02:15 PM
Hi erikviet. Sure, come on to Thailand, but I would advise your family not to wear red shirts while in Bangkok. Hope your family enjoys the holiday in the Land of Smiles'.
Discussion 30 : 10/12/2013 at 02:03 PM
Because the PM and her family clan and cronies are accused to be the source of all the troubles and mess in Thailand. The millions of protesting people want this clan and cronies removed from the political arena or better even gone from Thailand. The protesting people believe, that this is the only way to reform Thailand and get rid of the massive corruptions. They don't want to be ruled anymore by the Prime Ministers brother, who lives in exile in Dubai and who controls the ruling party. That's why.
Discussion 31 : 10/12/2013 at 01:59 PM
American government was not run by a corrupt fugitive convict. shutdown came as a result of non partisan in house of representative. Unlike Thailand,someone who had been convicted and running from justice is directing the whole affair of government from his Dubai office. It's so glaring that the whole world is laughing.corruption and lack of respect for rule of law is everywhere. what make leaders great is accepting responsibility of their action. She most also accept responsibility by resigning and the whole country will be at peace.
Discussion 32 : 10/12/2013 at 01:46 PM
Obviously from their actions the PT believe that after the election they will carry on where they left off. So much for the words of PT and it's leader about doing all they can to bring about reconciliation.
Discussion 33 : 10/12/2013 at 01:46 PM
Prime Minister (PM) Yingluck has done a remarkable job for her country and it's sort of sad to see this anti-government move happen. However, if it were me, under the circumstances, I'd step down and not run for re-election. PM Yingluck was elected by the people and a democracy was established in Thailand. If the nation doesn't accept a person who is elected by the people, then there's no way democracy will work in Thailand. Anyway, whatever the outcome, I wish all Thai people the best.
Discussion 34 : 10/12/2013 at 01:39 PM
Suthep, Don't be afraid of an election. Don't be afraid to trust democracy. One day you might win.
Discussion 35 : 10/12/2013 at 01:39 PM
I am reminded of Oliver Cromwell's speech to the British House of Commons in 1659: "You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing lately…. Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God,—go!”
Discussion 36 : 10/12/2013 at 01:38 PM
The subversive PDRC will be despised by the people. They used threats and intimidation to get people to rallies. Just like what is reported here "….. protest leader Suthep had called on civil servants to side with "the masses". If they refuse there will be more measures from Mr Suthep." It sounds like the threat he gave Korn "if you disagree with me, your life will be miserable."
Discussion 37 : 10/12/2013 at 01:36 PM
I don't believe Suthep and his cronies demands have support from local or international communities, the demands are undemocratic. There's only a few small groups of protesters left on the streets today.
Discussion 38 : 10/12/2013 at 01:33 PM
I don't care of Yngluck resign or not, but she can never be replaced with Suthep's stooges as that would be totally undemocratic. I think the Democrats should think of a more suitable name. And why is it this newspaper only publishes the comments they like...
Discussion 39 : 10/12/2013 at 01:32 PM
So - as I had guessed, Suthep's 'final day' was another lie. Now this man (mired in past corruption nvestigations himself), who promised not to be involved in politics, is making more demands with the 'promise' that the protests MAY end? And people still listen to him?
Discussion 40 : 10/12/2013 at 01:31 PM
The writing is on the wall she will have to go, she will not be able to perform her duties as PM she will be chased out by the opposition. Better she leaves now with dignity rather than running away as her brother did.
Discussion 41 : 10/12/2013 at 01:30 PM
I have my politic's opinions but will not let it out here. However, I am really shocked to read that Mr. Suthep AND his stepson were both MPs. How can a "democratic" (or whatever) council take impartial decision when two (or more) members of the same family are MP ?? It perhaps happens not only with Mr. Suthep's family but with other politician's families. Therefore any parliament's decisions and votes would be "biased" as long as more than one family's member will be allowed to have a seat in the same "square" where decisions are taken.
Discussion 42 : 10/12/2013 at 01:22 PM
Its all in for Yingluck or give up, I suppose. I understand if she gives up, to take the step to fight for her democratic rights is not an easy step to take.
Discussion 43 : 10/12/2013 at 01:21 PM
Dear all, I very much wish the The Thai people strength in these difficult times. On a personal matter - we do plan as many times before another holiday in Thailand, four of us for ten days in four star hotels in BKK and Hua Hin. I will need to decide within the coming few days to go or cancel as my family just want to peacefully enjoy Thailand (and spend at least 120,000 TB in the process). Can we? If this thing goes on we cannot. But really, our holiday is less important then your well being but ......maybe ......connected?
Discussion 44 : 10/12/2013 at 01:19 PM
Suthep - You are not the highest authority in the nation to decide who stays and who goes. You have no legal authority to make demands on anything. In reality, you are just a citizen like everybody else. I don't understand why you are not under arrest for attempting overthrow the government.
Discussion 45 : 10/12/2013 at 01:17 PM
PDRC should be more conciliatory now that they have delivered the message. Please understand Thailand belong to not just Bangkokians but also people from the other parts of the country. If Yingluck acceded to their demand the country will experience a very dangerous precedent and continuous riots and rebellions will occur. When will all theses end? Do you really think Suthep has no ulterior motives?
Discussion 46 : 10/12/2013 at 01:07 PM
It seems that the government is powerless to fight back to eliminate the anti-government protesters. People are commonly suffering the loss of daily earnings due to the mess of political demo in the cities day after day. The shut down of US government did not ask Obama to step down. Why PM of Thailand must go? I really find it difficult to understand it. Sigh!!

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