Suthep addresses Ratchaprasong rally

People's Democratic Reform Committee leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Sunday said he was confident the so-called Thaksin-regime will be wiped from Thailand after he saw massive crowds turning up at today’s city-wide protests.

Mr Suthep was speaking to huge crowds occupying the road between the Ratchaprasong and Pratunam intersections shortly before 4pm. 

He described people power at the Sunday rallies as "massive" and said the number of protesters was far more than those at the rallies on Dec 9. However, he believed the government would tell other countries and foreign media that only 150,000 protesters showed up.  

“The phenomenon today clearly confirms Thailand will survive and the Thasin-regime will be definitely eradicated.

“The people will keep on fighting until the Thaksin-regime is extinct and [caretaker premier] Yingluck resigns,” Mr Suthep said.

The protesters shouted “Get out, get out” intermittently during his speech.  

He accused the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) of holding a mass rally at the Ratchaprasong intersection in 2010 for the sake of ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.   

“They fought for one man which is their father in Dubai. The same place here, but we have millions of people but can remain peaceful. We kill no one and don’t torch the city.”     

“Today we shut down Bangkok for half a day. If [Yingluck] does not resign, next time it will be a full day and if she still does not resign, it may be a whole month shutdown.”

After his appearance at the Ratchaprasong protest venue, Mr Suthep went to another rally site at nearby Siam Centre. 

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Discussion 1 : 23/12/2013 at 08:34 PM
I;ve not seen these paranoid posts for a while now. What is happening is that many people who remain outside of the too and fro of Thai politics can see echos of Mussolinni, Franco and Hitler. This really is how it started in Europe and if your education level leads you to believe other wise, you are sadly deluded.
Discussion 2 : 23/12/2013 at 11:46 AM
The reason for the boycott, is because the dems know they can't win.
Discussion 3 : 23/12/2013 at 02:29 AM
This is a revolt of millions of people , who come out on their own and who pay money to the organizers instead of receiving money. They want to get rid of a family clan and its cronies , massive corruption and a government who rejects the highest court. In other countries, they are called heroes and supported and praised by governments worldwide if they try to get rid of undemocratic clans, even if they use massive force and violence. Millions of people who try the same in Thailand in a peaceful and democratic manner are called terrorists,undemocratic thugs or whatever they find in a foreign dictionary. Hypocrites. A real revolt starts soon.
Discussion 4 : 23/12/2013 at 01:23 AM
I believe one of the real reasons behind the decision of the DEM to boycott the coming general election, might be a somewhat different to the excuse it used to boycott the general election 8 years ago, was the fact that every one supporter joined the DEM/Suthep mobs, and to block the traffic and the election, would very likely mean several people, say 4 or 5 people, especially among Bangkokians, not to vote for the DEM in the general election. It looks a lose-lose situation to the DEM.
Discussion 5 : 22/12/2013 at 11:52 PM
I wonder if the PDRC protests would remain peaceful (although we witnessed the shock groups hurling home made explosive devices at the security forces) if the government gave orders to the military to disperse them by force and use live ammunition? Wipe out the Thaksin regime, make them extinct? Wow! How many individuals comprise the Thaksin regime? Pinochet in Chile also talked about wiping the Allende regime, and a massacre ensued. Yet, recently the social democrat Bachelet won by a landslide. Pinochet, in the dustbin of history.
Discussion 6 : 22/12/2013 at 10:42 PM
The "red brigade" or the 60 million other Thais are tired of this illegal circus put on by a few thousand extremists who want to throw out the entire parliamentary system to suit one man: the self proclaimed secretary general.
Discussion 7 : 22/12/2013 at 09:17 PM
Whew, the red brigade sure came out to comment, perhaps because everyone else was out protesting!
Discussion 8 : 22/12/2013 at 08:37 PM
Yingluck or Abhisit, Nathawut or Suthep - Thai politics stuck with these selfish figures. The fact is simple: Most people in this country - no matter what color - have no confidence any more in ALL these corrupt and outdated millionaires. Ban them all and bring in new politicians! Normal people - from all colors, provinces and professions, who are willed to serve the country they love, paid a lucrative salary for government officials but jailed lifetime if caught corrupt!
Discussion 9 : 22/12/2013 at 08:28 PM
It is clear that many of the new posters are either not aware of the countrys situation or have been paid to post. How a few elite MPs are helping themselves to tax payers money and that the more educated minority have had enough of the Thaksin regime. Keep people in the dark and watered and they will know no better,Mushrooms.
Discussion 10 : 22/12/2013 at 08:14 PM
Surely a Sunday afternoon incovenience compared to the many weeks that the Red Shirts laid seige to Bangkok - not to mention their well-documented terrorist tactics.
Discussion 11 : 22/12/2013 at 08:09 PM
The language is strong against him in real media outside of the country. It must be about time for some Governments to quit the diplomatic talk and call him the fascist despot he is. He is quite clearly more rabid everytime he takes the stage. They got in like this back in 20's and 30's Europe. Please don't let Thailand go through this.
Discussion 12 : 22/12/2013 at 08:06 PM
I stopped by Ratchaprasong and Asoke today. I do have to say, it was an impressive turnout, but not until later in the afternoon. Early afternoon didn't show much. I wouldn't put the total of both sites over 100,000. Good to see people's voices being heard. I only hope the final outcome turns out to be a democratic solution.
Discussion 13 : 22/12/2013 at 07:15 PM
So, 2,6 or 3 millions? Don't worry too much, Suthep, the foreign medias don't need the Thai Gvt to give a number. In EU or USA, the press and medias are free and report what you try to do. There are also some eloquent editorials in famous newspapers.
Discussion 14 : 22/12/2013 at 06:48 PM
They seem to be leaving them out in the sun with their half baked ideas, waiting for them to develop into fully baked despotic ideas. This is clearly happening and their estimate of 3.5 million shows they have never been to old trafford on a match day. Meanwhile the Democrat (sic) party passes commits suicide as their leaders cannot survive outside of the control of the Elite and Suthep so they are now their poodles. They now have free reign to show the world and their BKK fanbase how fascism is born.
Discussion 15 : 22/12/2013 at 06:40 PM
So Kun Suthep is confident that the Thaksin regime will be definitely eradicated. Well if he persists with this continuous verbal slander he just might find out that he is the one eradicated.
Discussion 16 : 22/12/2013 at 06:39 PM
So now everyone knows the plan. Do as your told or else. If people need emergency medical care ... to bad so long a Bangkok is "shut down" for political reasons. Schools ... to bad for the children who want to get an education. Public services would have to stop if Bangkok is "shut down" too. Better stock up on foods stuffs and other essentials as the mobs get more brazen. Mr. Suthep probably doesn't care much about the cost of "shutting down" a major city for his political glory. To bad for the citizens.
Discussion 17 : 22/12/2013 at 06:17 PM
How many million we have so far?
Discussion 18 : 22/12/2013 at 06:06 PM
You can't dabble in democracy. You either want to be one or not. What everyone is seeing now is years and years of not investing in education and society and moving a democracy forward and now everyone can't accept the result. If you are going to do something worthwhile it takes time, responsibility and effort. All Thai people deserve a chance at a good life and opportunities to better themselves.
Discussion 19 : 22/12/2013 at 05:37 PM
"The Thasin-regime will be definitely eradicated". This man, who have not any national people's mandate and no democratic legitimacy except to be the self declared represent of the "people" in order to put in place his non elected council, is for sure dangerous with a dialectic and a terminology closed to the darkest ideologies of human-being history. "Eradicate" ? Do you seriously think that you will not meet any of the 15 million voters of PT on your way ? How starts and where stops the "eradication" ? By Yingluck, the daughters of Thaksin, the Mps, all of your opponents and all the voters ? This man is a catastrophe, not a solution.
Discussion 20 : 22/12/2013 at 05:21 PM
Dwar Suthep, please shutdown Bangkok for 1 month, and we will have a full month holiday.

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