Protestors: Dems must reject election

Anti-government demonstrators on Wednesday warned the Democrat Party it would lose their support and all of its credibility if it decided to field candidates in the national election.

Thatchapong Gaedum, a member of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand, said the Democrat Party has to make its position clear by refusing to take part in the Feb 2 poll.

If it decide otherwise, the Democrats would be viewed as traitors to the people and they would not be elected as the people would no longer believe what they say, Mr Thatchapong said.

He insisted that the demonstrators had not been rallying on behalf of the Democrats or Suthep Thaugsuban.

He said anti-government protestors do not think the electoral system as a whole is the problem. 

"We think it's the quality of the system that's the issue because the richer party always comes out on top," said Mr Thatchapong.

Jeraja Pansak, 55, a supporter of the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism, also suggested the Democrats not send candidates into the general election.

Sticking to her belief that national reform has to take place before the poll, Ms Jeraja said she would not vote on Feb 2 even if the Democrats decide to run for political office.

Anaek Rakbaned, a 41-year-old protester, said the Democrat Party should fully commit to the protest rather taking the risk of losing the election.

The poll should be postponed so that national reform could take place because if there are no assurances that the next government will be legitimate, then spending thousands of millions of baht to hold an election to bring them to power is a waste of money, Mr Anaek added.

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Discussion 1 : 19/12/2013 at 07:43 AM
"If it decide otherwise, the Democrats would be viewed as traitors to the people and they would not be elected as the people would no longer believe that they say, Mr Thatchapong said." The Dems are not traitors. Red Shirts are not traitors. They are Thai, first and foremost. And the Thai people are beginning to rise above those who use manipulation by threats and guilt to get their own selfish results.
Discussion 2 : 19/12/2013 at 05:08 AM
It is the Democrats and Suthep who started and organizes the rallies. The slogan " Reform before election " is clear and Suthep himself said on stage, there will not be an election and that he is against this election on Febr.2 The protesters stay behind these statements and fight peacefully for Suthep and the Democrats. If the Democrats on Saturday decide to take part and contest in this election, they would in fact betray the protesters and all parties involved including the PAD and Network of students. Trust will be gone, people will pack their bags and vote NO in the polls.
Discussion 3 : 18/12/2013 at 10:37 PM
"If it decide otherwise, the Democrats would be viewed as traitors to the people and they would not be elected as the people would no longer believe what they say, Mr Thatchapong said." So they will not be elected by some hundred fanatic protesters who are boycotting the election anyway? Hooogh! Funny kind of a threat. At least they will be elected by millions of people who haven`t given up on democracy yet and prefer the legal.
Discussion 4 : 18/12/2013 at 09:10 PM
Suthep has the right to change his mind. He'll decide what is best under such changing circumstance. Suthep realized that his bullying has not worked. Plus the international community is watching. He'll make the right decision regardless of what Thatchapong Gaedum said, which is a form of threatening.
Discussion 5 : 18/12/2013 at 09:08 PM
Election or not DP will not win but if DP choose to register they will gain credits this time from Majority people around the country. Next election will be a good chance so think of the future. Suthep is doomed unless he creates bloodshed for the country and that is like going to be for ThaiLand.
Discussion 6 : 18/12/2013 at 08:33 PM
Of course and anyone who can't see that has a serious lack of understanding history and the struggles for freedom.
Discussion 7 : 18/12/2013 at 08:29 PM
Yes the reform can start now before the 2 feb election and can be done with the Democrats and P thai, because if this take long time foreign investers look for other countries and the unemployment will rise...
Discussion 8 : 18/12/2013 at 08:22 PM
It doesn't matter if the election is delayed or not. The PM is still the caretaker of the government until a new government is form and she will not have reforms or leave office until an election is held according to the constitution that the Democracies help write.
Discussion 9 : 18/12/2013 at 08:06 PM
"demonstrators had not been rallying on behalf of the Democrats or Suthep Thaugsuban." sounds like it's all about to fall apart.

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