No 'whistle-stop' for Yingluck at Surin

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra disappointed supporters and opponents waiting for her at Surin railway station on Wednesday after worried advisers rerouted her to another depot.

About 100 red-shirt members and 80 provincial officials gathered at the station to send her off on a specially arranged train to leave for Si Sa Ket province at 9am with 50 police providing security for her.

About 70 supporters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee came later and stayed 50 metres from the red-shirts waiting to blow whistles at Ms Yingluck, prompting the Surin provincial police to call up another 100 anti-riot police for reinforcement.

The two groups exchanged words, with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship calling them over megaphones "traitors" who showed no respect for the rule of law. They were countered by the committee members' megaphones saying the government lacked no legitimacy to administer the country.

Seeing a tense atmosphere at the railway station, the prime minister's advanced security team advised Ms Yingluck and her caretaker cabinet to change plans and go to Buruesee railway station eight kilometres away in the direction of Si Sa Ket instead, with the provincial governor, Surin police chief, former Pheu Thai Party members and a small group of red-shirts moving on to meet up with her.

Ms Yingluck stayed overnight on Tuesday in Surin and faced whistle blowing from a small group of anti-government protesters.

Caretaker Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt and caretaker Science and Technology Minister Peeraphan Palusuk were among the passengers on the train ride with her to experience the improved tracks which make the train run at a higher speed of about 100km/h from 60km/h.

She was greeted by red-shirt members and provincial authorities at Si Sa Ket railway station, and an anti-government protester who blew a whistle at her before being taken away by police.

The caretaker prime minister is on a 10-province northeastern trip until Sunday.

Caretaker government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi denied on Monday that the caretaker prime minister's trip was hastily set to avoid political tension in Bangkok.

"The field visit is not an escape from the protests. It is an official trip which the prime minister has desired for a long time. It is not a campaign for elections either,'' the spokesman said.

Ms Yingluck stayed in Yasothon province for the night on Wednesday.

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Discussion 1 : 30/12/2013 at 11:34 AM
@crazy_Thai. Yes campaigning on taxpayers money. A clear violation. She will be served.
Discussion 2 : 19/12/2013 at 07:27 AM
At least, she never came off the rails!
Discussion 3 : 19/12/2013 at 02:58 AM
For the numbers of supporter that came out in her area that she is suppose to have supporter, it's quite pathetic. 80 Provincial Officials and 100 Citizens. Was this some kind of an MLM exercise to have the official bring a citizen to a meeting? This shows that no one really cares about the government or PTP. Actually these people never rely on the government for anything and they like to keep it that way. Thailand is rich enough and blessed enough in natural resources, let's not get the politician involve and ruin it. This really calls into question about vote buying and intimidation I always here about among small villages.
Discussion 4 : 19/12/2013 at 02:10 AM
Anti-governemtn protestors need to learn from a Professional, instead of living in your cave(Bangkok) and expecting votes to come your way, you might want to see the rest of the country...
Discussion 5 : 19/12/2013 at 01:39 AM
I would like to know more about the lone whistle blower who was taken away by police. For what? Are there special laws in Si Sa Ket forbidding a person from blowing a whistle at someone? Maybe our caretaker PM would be better served by a whistle-stop tour of the southern provinces with acts of generosity and promises of compensation and legal redress for the human rights violations carried out by previous administrations? I mean she is sincere about reconciliation, right?
Discussion 6 : 19/12/2013 at 01:04 AM
No chance of Sutthep being accused of being beautiful
Discussion 7 : 19/12/2013 at 12:17 AM
It is nice to see you are not violent against the democracy supporters. Some would have said "WAR will bring peace at the end" and "Execute these minor terrorists right now" Well done for showing restraint unlike those other fundamentalists.
Discussion 8 : 18/12/2013 at 10:02 PM
You are similar to some guys wanting to see beautiful faces but when they wake up next morning they lost everything.
Discussion 9 : 18/12/2013 at 09:51 PM
I believe so. It's hard for her opponent to defeat her in the election for sure. She is campaigning now while for opponent still puzzling what to do.
Discussion 10 : 18/12/2013 at 09:40 PM
Blowing a whistle at someone is illegal? I guess there must be about 3 million car park attendants and building security staff who didn’t get that particular legal memo, then.
Discussion 11 : 18/12/2013 at 08:54 PM
I would punch people in their noses if anyone blow whistle at me while I am out of office. I don't care who they are as long as they are not children.
Discussion 12 : 18/12/2013 at 08:43 PM
She beautiful and effective. Not a chance for her rivals. People should know when they are defeated. Myself looking forward to seeing beautiful faces on the news.
Discussion 13 : 18/12/2013 at 08:28 PM
a lot of supporters for her, must make her feel better. fortunately some whistles kept her in reality. the spokesman obviously didn't get updated. she is not Prime minister no more but caretaker prime minister and as such she couldn't have planned this trip long time ago. so we must conclude that the caretaker uses her powers for electioneering for the former PM. is this lawful?
Discussion 14 : 18/12/2013 at 08:19 PM
Good to see the anit-Gov't having a voice in red land To bad the police are as useless there as in Bangkok When are the police in Thailand changing their uniforms from brown to red?
Discussion 15 : 18/12/2013 at 08:17 PM
Is she the PM of Thailand or is she the PM of Isaan ? Looks like an early election campaign ...
Discussion 16 : 18/12/2013 at 08:10 PM
Actually, outside of Bangkok's upside down illegal protest area blowing a whistle at someone is considered rude and a public disturbance. Can we try one in your ear?
Discussion 17 : 18/12/2013 at 07:59 PM
A whistle-blower was taken away by police. North Korean-style politics at work in the Red zone!
Discussion 18 : 18/12/2013 at 07:51 PM
"and an anti-government protester who blew a whistle at her before being taken away by police" PT your are gutless. As for the Police, "you are a disgrace to anything other then Taksin."
Discussion 19 : 18/12/2013 at 07:49 PM
It seems PM Yingluck is campaigning early for the General Election.... and she did during a PM duty... It allowed by the law ????

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