Protesters to leave Thai-Japan stadium

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Tuesday announced he will lead a march of supporters leaving the Thai-Japan Sports Stadium, the venue for election candidacy registration, at 5pm.

He said the protest movement had successfully shown its “reform-before-election” demand to the Election Commission and the caretaker government.

Mr Suthep made the announcement in a speech delivered to protesters who had been blocking entrances to the stadium since late Sunday. 

He said the people had expressed their wish in not wanting the Feb 2 general  election to take place unless political reforms are made first by the two-day rally at the registration venue. The protest was only a prelude to more opposition planned against the polls.

“If Prime Minister and Defence Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has not resigned, Bangkokians will not be able to go to the polls, because we will shut down the entire city on Feb 2.

"The EC cannot sue us for obstructing the election because we will not be shutting down the city to hinder the election, but to evict Yingluck,” Mr Suthep said.    

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Discussion 1 : 25/12/2013 at 01:08 AM
So far Ms. Yingluck may have made some mistakes, but she certainly has made many good decisions.
Discussion 2 : 24/12/2013 at 10:30 PM
Suthep's statements are not logical. (If PM Yingluck does not do what we demand) "Bangkokians will not be able to go to the polls.....but we are not trying to shut down the polls." Sophistry. I agree with Kuhn Veera, a well respected BP writer. Elections can be delayed. Negotiations can be held. Reforms can made in quick order...but only if both sides can stop stonewalling each other and agree on reforms. I have no faith in this hope, but still hold it. Thais deserve better than what either side is offerring them.
Discussion 3 : 24/12/2013 at 09:25 PM
" Bangkokians will not be able to go to the polls, because we will shut down the entire city on Feb 2" - so not only does Suthep want to deny the poor and those from rural areas a vote, but also his supposed supporters. If his support was so great then there wouldn't be anyone going to the polls anyway, would there . . . . .
Discussion 4 : 24/12/2013 at 09:02 PM
You mean the beloved country should cry because a puppet installed by her 'brother'(?) is not authorized by him to leave, is it? It does cry!
Discussion 5 : 24/12/2013 at 08:48 PM
"The EC cannot sue us for obstructing the election because we will not be shutting down the city to hinder the election, but to evict Yingluck,” What kind of logic is that? Suthep is becoming a raving madman. The EC don't sue anyone but they do lay charges for obstructing an election and with it goes a 1-5 year prison term.
Discussion 6 : 24/12/2013 at 06:46 PM
Wonderfully one good step in the right direction. Mr Suthep announcement delivered to protesters to leave Thai-Japan stadium at 5pm. A positive + in my aliens book.
Discussion 7 : 24/12/2013 at 06:01 PM
Perfectly reasonable, right?....."He said the protest movement had successfully shown its “reform-before-election” demand"...Not coup-mongering?......Lets see, from Amnesty > Thaksin demonization > Against election > delay election ostensibly for high-minded 'reform' motives...But none of it coup-mongering as the overriding rationale....The media doesn't seem to recognize it, continuing to call these coup-mongers 'anti-Govt."....but then agenda is agenda...As if a change of Govt. is their goal, instead of a self-serving coup...Ms. Y and the PTP haven't figured it out either, trying to placate them, as if anything but a coup could do so.
Discussion 8 : 24/12/2013 at 05:42 PM
This guy sole focus is Mrs. Yingluck. I hear no convincing proposals, no new policies. In short no vision. Cry the beloved Country.
Discussion 9 : 24/12/2013 at 05:24 PM
This amount to blackmailing and plain bully.

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