In an evening speech at about 8pm delivered to protesters at the Democracy Monument, Mr Suthep said the protesters would gather at intersections or t-junctions across the city but would leave one lane open for public buses and ambulances. However, the lane would be manned by PDRC guards who will not allow government vehicles to pass.
He said the PDRC will not hinder bus, train, BTS Skytrain and underground train services.
During the siege, the PDRC would cut electricity and tap water at all government venues and homes of caretaker ministers including caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. “No government officials will be able to work from that day on,” he said.
The shutdown move was intended as a display of civil disobedience and to make the caretaker government a failed administration, while showing the international community that the public does not support the Yingluck Shinawatra-led government which does not have the moral right to continue to administer the country.
Mr Suthep has announced that the PDRC will expand key areas for major and minor rally sites from 15 on the Dec 22 gathering to 20, and that the city siege rallies would not end until the protesters achieve victory over the government.
He denied allegations that the movement was inciting hatred against police officers, saying it only targeted "bad police" who exploited their uniforms and authority.
Mr Suthep also praised national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew for admitting that the "men in black" seen on top of a Labour Ministry building during the violent clash between anti-government protesters and police at the Thai-Japanese sports complex in Din Daeng on Dec 26 were policemen, as well as for saying those who smashed the car of a volunteer paramedic were officers.
But he demanded that Pol Gen Adul clarify who ordered the officers to gather on the top of the building.