Suthep: Take a New Year break

Leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Friday night called for anti-government protesters to take a New Year break after nearly two months of street demonstrations.

However, he promised to come back even stronger after the holiday to shut down Bangkok in a campaign to root out the influence of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The self-appointed leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee told protesters from the Democracy Monument stage on Friday night that they were free to return home and come back to the capital after the New Year holidays.

He said the PDRC would not leave even "one square inche" of space in Bangkok for Thaksin supporters as the protesters would step up their rallies against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in January.

The group's stronghold will remain intact as key figures including Anchalee Paireerak and Satit Wongnongtoey said the PDRC and all leaders would hold a chanting ceremony on the night of Dec 31 into the early hours of Jan 1, followed by a food offering to monks on the first day of 2014.

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Discussion 1 : 29/12/2013 at 09:15 AM
hopefully he stays away after new year so the country can prosper and stop disrupting every day peoples lives with his ranting and raving
Discussion 2 : 28/12/2013 at 06:39 PM
Look what happened to Nelson Mandela went to prison a violent radical emerged as a great man of peace suthep may emerge from prison the same let's try it (now)
Discussion 3 : 28/12/2013 at 06:11 PM
As does Thaksin, but that hasn't prevented scores of politicians and policemen from visiting him
Discussion 4 : 28/12/2013 at 03:41 PM
We all hope so!
Discussion 5 : 28/12/2013 at 01:44 PM
Time for this man to take a long extended break. I feel for the poor folks of Bangkok who has suffered for months. With his warrant of arrest still not executed, am amazed that he can still have so much of airtime in the media. Guess his next quote will be * I'll be back !!!! *
Discussion 6 : 28/12/2013 at 11:38 AM
Yess the media blows everything up. If they not pay attention to this man..then it will soon be over
Discussion 7 : 28/12/2013 at 11:36 AM
Police is scared.i think. They have so much to arrest him and his clan. They know all off the home adresses of the clan. So it would be easy to arrest them at home. Then is the total organisation ruled out. And can thailand start to built up their is it possible that 5000 people do this..thailand has 63 million lets hope police arrest all 38. I can assyure everyone that thos 38 will not sleep good.
Discussion 8 : 28/12/2013 at 10:43 AM
What on earth is this country coming to when a man who is to appear before authority's on a murder charge can take a new years break before unleashing more mayhem on the streets where are the security measures?
Discussion 9 : 28/12/2013 at 10:03 AM
Give the guy a break he needs to spend some of the cash " kitty " he has received from protesters . Reconciliation starts when he is incarcerated.
Discussion 10 : 28/12/2013 at 07:58 AM
It is now time to arrest Suthep and those who violated section 68 and election laws. Go after the PDRC leaders instead of spending resources fighting misled and paid foot soldiers send by them.
Discussion 11 : 28/12/2013 at 06:43 AM
The self-appointed leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee says he will return after a New Year break and shut down the capital, does this include all media? Or is this a 2face policy, because without the media he is nothing but a trouble maker.
Discussion 12 : 28/12/2013 at 06:00 AM
The funds will never dwindle ... IMO he has some very very very heavy hitters back him all the way
Discussion 13 : 28/12/2013 at 04:48 AM
Suthep had failed to do anything other than cause pain for people of Thailand. He is a failure but let's see what he does in the New Year. Glad the people have a rest.
Discussion 14 : 28/12/2013 at 04:29 AM
why is he not arrested? this is getting silly, its become a Banana Republic in Thailand, and the biggest Banana is Suthep... Wake up thailand!
Discussion 15 : 28/12/2013 at 04:23 AM
Four groups of 750 police spearheaded by well armed Swat teams with flash bangs in a Pincer movement late night sometime over the holiday and no more protest leaders. Most would be arrested, those that resisted could be taken down physically and those that escaped could be apprehended later as they try and leave the country with a passport that was revoked.. Easy peezy
Discussion 16 : 28/12/2013 at 04:07 AM
HOw can Suthep continue to turn up to rallies etc but not be arrested ? doesnt he have a warrant out for him?
Discussion 17 : 28/12/2013 at 03:54 AM
Leave the monks out of this please.
Discussion 18 : 28/12/2013 at 03:48 AM
You can be fairly certain that Suthep has been paid a visit by some highly prominent business leaders in Bangkok, who've suggested that he tone down the protests during New Year festivities as not to interfere with commerce.
Discussion 19 : 28/12/2013 at 03:13 AM
How can the protesters be " free to return home and come back to the capital after the New Year holidays"? If they came at their own free will they also decide themselves when they want to go home, with permission or without. It sounds like they are a rental mob after all.
Discussion 20 : 28/12/2013 at 12:02 AM
Suterp is trying to save face asking for a break. His methods are not in syn with most Bangkokians and the numbers and funds are dwindling. Many are leaving the movement which has now being lead by violent ex-PAD leaders. He has to find an exit strategy and aptly call for a break.
Discussion 21 : 27/12/2013 at 11:05 PM
Sounds like Suthep is already declaring war on the majority not a good position to be in. Then again the Thais will probably mai pen rai there way into a dictatorship.
Discussion 22 : 27/12/2013 at 10:34 PM
The future of Thailand in the new year is not very bright. Bringing down the government in this manner is short-sighted and will only exacerbate the problem. It is akin to operating on a very sick patient (who hasn't recovered yet from 2006) which will probably kill him. We need a visionary person with revolutionary ideas (not seen in any of the current leaders) to unite the country from going the way of N. and S. Korea. Good luck, Thailand.
Discussion 23 : 27/12/2013 at 10:15 PM
Expect that in the new year there will be a lot more angry Thais on the streets; every square inch of Bangkok, and ground to a halt - for sure that will happen. The reality is the Shinawatra family are now fighting for survival, and losing. We can only hope that the inevitable demise is not accompanied by fit of rage and more violence. One thing you can count on is that by the end of the first week in January the pressure will be on.
Discussion 24 : 27/12/2013 at 09:41 PM
Nothing can calm an angry Thai down like a party and a holiday. I assume the World Cup will also provide a respite from protests - since many do not show up for work during that period either.....

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