Suthep: Jan13 for Bangkok shutdown

The planned mass rally to shut down the whole of Bangkok will begin on Jan 13 at 9am, anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said on Wednesday night.

Mr Suthep made the announcement in a speech delivered to protesters at Democracy Monument.

The People's Democratic Reform Committee will hold demonstrations across Bangkok on Jan 5-8 to invite people to join its protest movement to demand the resignation of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and to help achieve its aim of “reform-before-election”. 

The city siege plan may take 5 days or it may go for 20 days and will be around the clock, Mr Suthep said. The PDRC will expand key areas for major and minor rally sites from 15 on Dec 22 to 20, in addition to its main base at Democracy Monument. Twenty protest stages will be set up at major junctions and intersections across the capital.

“For PRDC supporters in other provinces, you have 12 days to pack your suitcases for this city siege operation because this trip and the fight will be prolonged. Anyone finding it not convenient to come to Bangkok can carry on in your provinces. On Jan 13, no government affairs will be carried out from that day on,” Mr Suthep said.

He threatened to cut electricity and tap water to homes of caretaker ministers and at all government office buildings and vowed victory over the government would be achieved this month.. 

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Discussion 1 : 08/01/2014 at 08:35 AM
It is your rights to admire whoever you like. But, in political affair , he had done harm onto Thai unity and economy. What People Council he tries to propose? Can it be fair and square in electoral system which is aimed to be reformed and hit on the corruption as he confounds to reform without the involvement of current government?
Discussion 2 : 08/01/2014 at 06:42 AM
Exactly you are praising the wrong person. He can't be that one who should be looking up to as legend.
Discussion 3 : 08/01/2014 at 12:49 AM
Khun Suthep is the Living Legend of Thai Democracy. and we are so proud of him
Discussion 4 : 08/01/2014 at 12:45 AM
fair enough , we will support Suthep all the way. we admire him as well
Discussion 5 : 07/01/2014 at 08:01 PM
crazy_Thai , you say:" Most Thais are less educate and also most of them are isolate, they have no idea what's a Democracy is..." If what you say is true, it is a terrible indictment on the Politicians AND Parties (as well as the education system) BEFORE Thaksin...who allowed this to happen/be true for the last 60 years of so called democracy in Thailand! Why in 2014 are most Thais NOT Educated as you say? Isn't that a MUCH bigger problem than ANYTHING?
Discussion 6 : 06/01/2014 at 10:03 PM
Why it was OK for the Red Shirts to demonstrate? Because they were fighting for democracy. For the right of everyone to be heard in a fair election and not being treated as slaves without any civil rights.
Discussion 7 : 06/01/2014 at 05:51 PM
That deep dark road was already paved long before these protests. I don't make the laws here, nor approve this situation. But according to the principle "everybody has the same rights", if it's OK for the PT/UDD to burn buildings, it's OK for Suthep to occupy them. At least the PDRC people clean up the place after they leave. And most of them live here in BKK so they suffer the consequences themselves. Not like the army of rent-a-reds, causing terror in another city, getting paid for it, and then leave a bloody mess when they themselves can go back to their own village with their paycheck in their pocket. Double standards, anyone?
Discussion 8 : 06/01/2014 at 03:42 PM
I completely agree with you. No double standards now, lets use the same measures used to remove the Red Shirt occupation of a confined space in Bangkok.
Discussion 9 : 05/01/2014 at 12:53 PM
Isn't this exactly what the red shirts did in 2010 and who are now part of the government?
Discussion 10 : 04/01/2014 at 04:53 PM
Let's wait for another 2 years after this drama.....another protest I"ll bet you because this is "democracy" in the eyes of Thai ppl. Do whatever that you want!!
Discussion 11 : 02/01/2014 at 08:15 PM
I agree that Suthep is taking things rather far, but why was it ok for the Red Shirts to occupy and terrorize the city for 2-3 months? No double standards now, people; We either chide everybody equally or not complain at all.
Discussion 12 : 02/01/2014 at 03:57 PM
Amazing Thailand,only place in the world where someone can let you know ahead of time that they are going to seize their country and get away with it without any repercussions.
Discussion 13 : 02/01/2014 at 02:34 PM
Instead of just the thumbs down, can you explain why you disagree?
Discussion 14 : 02/01/2014 at 11:04 AM
yess have to lock him up at once..for along time..
Discussion 15 : 02/01/2014 at 10:20 AM
You underestimate Suthep at your peril. He knows exactly what he is doing, and that is to rid Thailand once and for all of the all-pervasive odour of the Shinawatra influence in Thai politics.
Discussion 16 : 02/01/2014 at 09:51 AM
Protesting is a democratic right, trying to abolish free speech is a slippery down hill road that would end in disaster.
Discussion 17 : 02/01/2014 at 08:47 AM
Suthep is a mad man terrorist and the police and army are doing nothing? He should be arrested and locked up for a long time. It amazes me that they are allowed to set up stages wherever they want, threaten to cut off water and power to government buildings, threaten the PM, etc etc! Thailand is a lawless country!
Discussion 18 : 02/01/2014 at 07:30 AM
Suthep is the poster child of what is wrong with Thailand today... he represents everything negative about Thailand and Thai ppl, The Thai ppl have to reject him and the police and military needs to arrest him, there is nothing possitive that he can do for thailand other then bring this beautiful country down a deep and dark road...
Discussion 19 : 02/01/2014 at 06:58 AM
Yes, there is only one right thing to do: arrest him and his team. What civilized country on this planet would allow such a threat to be carried out? Until laws on peaceful protests are actually enforced, Thailand will suffer through these ridiculous power grabs. This is not democracy. This is a small percentage of people who aren't happy because they didn't get their way. Yes, corruption is a serious issue and must be addressed. Address Suthep's corruption charges back in 1995 for starters.
Discussion 20 : 02/01/2014 at 06:54 AM
I have a thai wife and we live in Australia thank god the army and the police are going to let amad man loose happy new year Thailand
Discussion 21 : 02/01/2014 at 06:41 AM
Please all Thais should appreciate the desperate fear deep in Suthep & all Mob leaders heart. They are scare to be abandoned by their masters in the mirror and know they are no body if no mobs surrounding them. Unfortunately there are still many ignorance protecting them.
Discussion 22 : 02/01/2014 at 06:07 AM
Maybe end of the month he'll say "3 months time", at the end of which he say "next year".....
Discussion 23 : 02/01/2014 at 05:53 AM
Bring in the army and arrest him and the rest of the leadership group, otherwise there will be no end to it with the Red army taking it in their hands to solve the problem their way. That would truly herald the winds of war leading to the destruction of so many lives and dreams of innocent people.
Discussion 24 : 02/01/2014 at 04:32 AM
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton That's the reason for all the trouble, and the reason the Thaksin clan has to be rendered harmless, and therefore ousted once and for all, but once this has been established, the likes of Suthep should follow suit. Why should the stained kettle have to leave the scene, while the stained pot remains? Thus spoke 2Ploenchit
Discussion 25 : 02/01/2014 at 04:18 AM
I completely agree. He should be arrested moments after a particular convicted felon is extradited to Thailand, as well as all the elected and appointed government officials who have met with said convicted felon while in the employ of the people of Thailand.
Discussion 26 : 02/01/2014 at 03:55 AM
Most Thais are less educate and also most of them are isolate, they have no idea what's a Democracy is. Suthep is a long and well known person in Thailand. Therefore, many Thais believe that what he is doing is right and will benefits them. But what they do not know is Suthep doen't know what he is doing and he has no plans. Suthep is not a leader. A good leader is someone who's doing what's right and benefits to its people w/o harming them or threaten their daily live. Suthep is destroying other people's property and created a miserable living for Bangkok people.
Discussion 27 : 02/01/2014 at 03:50 AM
Which political direction Thai politicians try to aim to reach? Besiege of Bkk city intends to pressurize caretaker PM and her government. People are forced to take it tolerantly. Would it be helping the progress of Thailand political changes? It can not get the mark of success. Suthep and his comrades are hoping the blockade of Bkk city shall make the caretaker government yields to them. It is an old deja vu. Which is proved it won't succeed to have made Thailand goes into the great time as it used to be before 1997. Seizure of Bangkok city is mere adding more hardship to its residents and tourists. Even if YS steps down, can it be better?
Discussion 28 : 02/01/2014 at 03:47 AM
Ask yourself if you know any country that would allow the government to run inept as this. Who are not accountable for any of their actions. Ignore the rule of law themselves, try to clear a criminal of his charges. You all a missing the point here.
Discussion 29 : 02/01/2014 at 03:30 AM
Suthep has gone to far in the fight for Democracy. You don't intimidate your political opponents and government agencies if you want to restore rule and order. I do not think Suthep's fight is to bring Democracy and peace to Thailand. He should be satisfied, at least he was once a deputy PM without being elected. What else he still wants to be.... PM? you've got to join the election... You can't just assign yourself the head of the land.. Suthep is so hungry for power... Who would vote him? he would abuse his power if he was ever elected the head of the state....
Discussion 30 : 02/01/2014 at 01:47 AM
Arrest him IMMEDIATLY...too much is too much ..After tens of battle days , people power and more now city siege..tomorrow what else .... this man is real danger for Thailand ...who into the "people council" will try to contradict him if they have to debate about the reforms ? oh true ...Dictador never debate , just impose their thinking ....
Discussion 31 : 02/01/2014 at 01:30 AM
If the Shinawatra dynasty is supposed to be how "democracy works" then I too am anti-democratic. Fundamentally, I think most people don't understand the ramifications of a 2 TRILLION baht "infrastructure" bill. To be clear: This is a bill to cement one party rule for the foreseeable future and make Thaksin the wealthiest and most powerful man in Thailand for generations. It has very little to do with "stimulus". Stop being duped.
Discussion 32 : 02/01/2014 at 01:13 AM
... just don't get it. When the red shirts where voicing their demonstrations, Bangkok business owners where unhappy with the loss of business it was causing. LOL, now the other side are demonstrating and the same Bangkok business owners are not saying anything about the disruption to their businesses. You couldn't make this madness up. from iPhone application.
Discussion 33 : 02/01/2014 at 01:04 AM
Let it be clear, what Suthep is doing is no longer instigating a massive protest but subversion. The outcome is as good as anybody's guess. I can sense that the City Police Force is put in an awkward position despite its resolve to handle the situation gently for public safety.
Discussion 34 : 02/01/2014 at 01:03 AM
With regards to Frankfree - it will be an abhisit regime. He's suthep's right hand man. The democrats are behind all this and appear to be in favour of everything that Suthep says. This is their last chance of seizing power as they know they can't at the ballot box. It has nothing really to do with the thai people and everything to do with murky politics and who can get the the largest slice of the cake. The silence from the democrats and the inaction of the army speaks volumes.
Discussion 35 : 02/01/2014 at 12:57 AM
I agree with your comment on the first part. However the world opinion of Thailand's reputation is by majority tainted since long, and well known as a corrupted paradise for males with disrespect of laws, inclusive Thais.
Discussion 36 : 02/01/2014 at 12:43 AM
Suthep is crazy - like a fox.
Discussion 37 : 02/01/2014 at 12:09 AM
The anti-government protest leader Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban should be arrested as soon as possible. He belongs in jail where he will have time to think about how democracy works.
Discussion 38 : 02/01/2014 at 12:03 AM
These are the true patriots of Thailand. They are trying to advance and defend The King and His Majesty. I wish them the best.
Discussion 39 : 01/01/2014 at 11:59 PM
I think that now the red come..it will be a big battle. Many casulties..is only one thing..arrest all the leadres. Police and army . Now show who you are and restore order
Discussion 40 : 01/01/2014 at 11:54 PM
Khun Suthep's plan to shut down Bangkok, the capital city of his country, will be about as productive on the world stage as the shutdown of the main International Airport was. This kind of tactic does nothing to help Thailand or the Thai people, especially Bangkok residents and its business community.He does not seem to care about world opinion or consequences of his actions on Thai people or Thailand's world reputation.
Discussion 41 : 01/01/2014 at 10:56 PM
I guess you speak out your own wish.... we will wat the outcome is... this should lead to a democracy-reset,this time i really hope Thai people will understand that they should leave apart the so called sitting establishment and move forward. For sure the outcome will not be a Sutthep regime... others are waiting and let him do the dirty job... they (hopefully) will come out after outing the Thaksin regime and take there stands, for a better (real) democracy and a better Thailand.
Discussion 42 : 01/01/2014 at 10:56 PM
Talk is cheap and freedom of speech is a "constitutional" right, however it must be exercised responsibly. You can shout fire in a crowded theater for no reason. And you can't foment violence and threaten to cut off basic services to homes and offices. Where are the police? Why is this hooligan troublemaker still walking the streets?
Discussion 43 : 01/01/2014 at 10:54 PM
You forget that a large number of the protesters are also Bangkok folks - many of whom have more or less decided that's its better to ruin their own career and job than have YS in charge for two more years. People have been stirred up to the point where they no longer care about things like consequences. Feb 2nd will be a bloody affair indeed. Might even make the May 2010 Bangkok siege pale in comparison! Ironically, the least affected people are the ones in the North and North East - which is where the root cause of this conflict lies...
Discussion 44 : 01/01/2014 at 10:49 PM
The fight is in BKK. And: BKK is against the Thaksin regime.
Discussion 45 : 01/01/2014 at 10:44 PM
Just one more question. When is someone going to arrest this man? I cannot think of one country, democratic or otherwise, which would allow these people to behave in this way. This is just going to result in more hate, more violence and inevitably a backlash that could bring Thailand to its knees.
Discussion 46 : 01/01/2014 at 10:43 PM
at least he does not give any specific dates anymore when "victory" will be achieved - was a bit boring to extend victory day again and again! Now it is "this month"! We are all looking forward to it and the fascist style "council" passing laws and reforms as they please with no objections/ opposition allowed! Way to go Suthep! Hope you also have a land reform in mind - ups ....how embarrassing.....don't touch that subject........
Discussion 47 : 01/01/2014 at 10:29 PM
It is time for the Caretaker government to be hard on these gangsters & hooligans. Get ready all the rubber bullets and mob control measure to disperse this unpleasant event.
Discussion 48 : 01/01/2014 at 10:14 PM
I thought he said victory would be achieved last month? his 'Victory Banquet" is very flexible
Discussion 49 : 01/01/2014 at 10:02 PM
Where are the RED shirts ? are they coming down to Bangkok to support the Government ?
Discussion 50 : 01/01/2014 at 10:01 PM
The DEM and Suthep mobs must instead shut down their own provinces in the south, where their business operating. They are not the owners of Bangkok, and they have no right to take Bangkok and Bangkokians their hostages. But if they insist, I believe they will get the destructive consequence to themselves opposite to the outcome they wish.

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