Suthep: Live TV report or ‘black screen’

When operation "seize Bangkok" is successful, television stations should carry live coverage of the announcement by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said.

In a speech delivered to protesters at Democracy Monument in Ratchadamnoen Avenue on Wednesday night, Mr Suthep said all television stations would be able to work normally but when the PDRC has any announcement it should be broadcast live. If some TV stations such as Channel 9 or Channel 11 could not do that, they must show a “black screen”.

He said if TV stations were of the view that the protesters had won the fight, the suspension of coverage of the government's side would be welcomed.

Mr Suthep  said the protesters planned for a mass rally to shut down the whole of Bangkok on Jan 13, starting at 9am. It could be extended for up to 20 days. About 20 stages would be set up at intersections in inner Bangkok, but one traffic lane would be opened for ambulances and entrances to hospitals would remain open.

Police vehicles and vehicles belonging to state agencies would not be allowed to pass. Taxi drivers should work in suburban areas because the protesters would take control of central Bangkok.

He threatened to cut electricity and tap water to homes of caretaker ministers and at all government office buildings.

Victory over the government would be achieved this month, he declared.

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Discussion 1 : 03/01/2014 at 11:09 PM
Most Bangkok people support the pro-Reform movement.
Discussion 2 : 03/01/2014 at 11:03 AM
The Thai stock market (SET) has dropped 16% since the beginning of the protests.
Discussion 3 : 03/01/2014 at 03:32 AM
since you're so hung up on promises. Pm promised to tackle corruption, DPM/ labour minister promised to cut off his head if Thaksin not returned by end of 2013. So why not focus on how this all got started. A weak democratic party challenged the PTP on a couple of issues and got the support of many people. Now the streets are filled, and there is no room for the Reds to squeeze in. So take your blinders off and try to see what the actual problem in Thai politics is and stand against that. It's clear that the PTP want things their way and that includes corruption. extreme populist policies, and pandering to the less fortunate.
Discussion 4 : 02/01/2014 at 11:36 PM
If people start cancelling their trips to Thailand, something, will happen!!
Discussion 5 : 02/01/2014 at 09:38 PM
One flew over the cuckoo's nest...what a nutcase!!!
Discussion 6 : 02/01/2014 at 05:43 PM
And then what? Replace a democratically elected government with a fascist government? I am sure that will solve the whole problem!
Discussion 7 : 02/01/2014 at 04:48 PM
New Year new means. I take my hat off for this guy. I really pity those not involved having to bear the inconveniences. Amazing Thailand is really being brought to its knees,,,,
Discussion 8 : 02/01/2014 at 04:01 PM
Victory over BKK is more like it.
Discussion 9 : 02/01/2014 at 03:43 PM
Since this government seems paralyzed by Mr Suthep's powerful backers, it's now time for the people to take the street and oppose this anti-democratic power grab attempt.
Discussion 10 : 02/01/2014 at 02:15 PM
Yingluck should resign immediately.
Discussion 11 : 02/01/2014 at 01:06 PM
Once again Suthep is going to declare victory. Wonder when he will ever win.
Discussion 12 : 02/01/2014 at 12:52 PM
So, arrest him for causing public disorder and sabotage. If the police fail to do so, as is the case already, it is a clear indication that they no longer support the Red Shirts as they did in 2010.
Discussion 13 : 02/01/2014 at 12:48 PM
Businesses should have a plan to abandon BKK and relocate. Tour agents stop advertising BKK and relocate their operations. They are many other places where people can have fun. Have friendly, hospitable, not easily misled peoples. Those working in BKK from other provinces should go back and help. The government should turn BKK as rice farm or farming suitable for BKK. It is a sinking place any way.
Discussion 14 : 02/01/2014 at 12:31 PM
He promised victory so many times but he never kept his word! He promised so many times that if some specific targets were not achieved he would stop his fight but he never kept his word! I guess we all know what to expect if he really happened to win! Once for sure: he will not keep what he promissed!
Discussion 15 : 02/01/2014 at 12:30 PM
If this kind of threat is allowed by rule of law, we will have more of it from any group. People are not scared by the threats and intimidation, they are just being patience.
Discussion 16 : 02/01/2014 at 12:28 PM
Police vehicles and vehicles belonging to state agencies would not be allowed to pass. Taxi drivers should work in suburban areas because the protesters would take control of central Bangkok. It's called "Anarchy"... This is called "Anarchy"...
Discussion 17 : 02/01/2014 at 12:25 PM
my patience is wearing thin, and i believe millions of my fellow bangkokians must feel the way i do. you have gone too far this time suthep. way too far.
Discussion 18 : 02/01/2014 at 12:22 PM
He has gone off the deep end.
Discussion 19 : 02/01/2014 at 12:21 PM
When is the last time these people have removed a government using the constitutional democartic process. It's either coup, forceful removal or judicial execution. Of course if you are so unpopular you cannot win an election I guess it is the only way to power. If they want to live in a democartic society they have to get over the fact that a government may spend the countries money on the rural poor and help improve areas of the country outside BKK. We may see all black screens before this is over.
Discussion 20 : 02/01/2014 at 11:23 AM
How can he hope to achieve victory when so many people are opposed to his tactics?
Discussion 21 : 02/01/2014 at 11:06 AM
Open insurrection and direct threats to National Security and economic viability of the Kingdom. What are you waiting for? I see Mr. suthep clawing his way in to a dictator. Arrest this man!

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