Suthep details plan to paralyse Bangkok

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Thursday night set out the details of the plan to paralyse Bangkok on Jan 13 which involves road blockades to tie up city traffic, power and water cuts and preventing all civil servants from working.

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. 

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Discussion 1 : 03/01/2014 at 05:33 PM
I have been watching what is happening in Thailand for quite a while now and what I see I really can say that I don't like. The problem that you have now is that Suthep actually believes in everything that he is saying and that he has a massive following.....Bangkok is only the capital of Thailand, it is not true Thailand. True Thailand is the people that I have met and the friends I have made even though I am a stupid farang... I cannot give you any solutions to the problems, only Thais can do that. Just remember that we are all created equal, then sadly some start to think about what equality actually means.
Discussion 2 : 03/01/2014 at 09:47 AM
While I support the political reform, I think shutting down the city tactic will likely to backfire the protesters as small businesses starting to loose their income and having to layoff their employees. The longer the shut down, the greater the likelihood that people (especially, the working class) will turn against the protesters. PDRC leaders need to think of new strategies that would minimize economic pain to the innocent people and, at the same time, be more inclusive of upcountry people. Perhaps, let's start with stopping the offensive name calling - like 'buffalo". Name calling only leads to more hatred and division.
Discussion 3 : 03/01/2014 at 09:45 AM
Democracy does not in essence contemplate provision for the rich to annex the rights of the poor. Nor does it contemplate a reverse situation in which the popular Government can take upon itself to offer amnesty in defiance of judicial process that has a formal basis in law. So there is an impasse, but SEDITION is not the way to resolve the problem. SEDITION is the infant of anarchy. It solves nothing but opens the way to infiltration and subversion beyond anything contemplated by its instigators. And, as we see daily on Al Jazeera TV News, the cost is immense. SEDITION destroys democracy along with millions of innocent young lives. !!
Discussion 4 : 03/01/2014 at 08:49 AM
Suthep's disease, all about some nonsense making a nuisance, most of what Suthep says is really hearsay evidence, never backed by undoctored proof, 98% of the protesters couldn't show any so called doctored proof of what they claim, why believe their own propaganda? Follow the leader (Simon says put your hands in the air)
Discussion 5 : 03/01/2014 at 07:51 AM
Hard to find fault with Suthep's plan as it is classic civil disobedience & he is right that if it succeeds in shutting down utilities to government edifices it will show the current government as a failed government. Perhaps the incumbents should take a cue from Myanmar and establish a new capitol other than Bangkok. Maybe call it Shinawatradaw.
Discussion 6 : 03/01/2014 at 03:53 AM
Army1980, if someone is doing what u said they are in the US, the situation still would not change, ppl wait to voice their opinion in the next election... They would be voted out of office, there would be no one flooding the streets or breaking into government building... Why can't Thai ppl not respect the Law and the electoral process? I
Discussion 7 : 03/01/2014 at 02:38 AM
Well, congress did "shutdown" the US government in protest not long ago, and that did keep civil servants from working, cut off aid to military families and native americans, closed programs for needy children and had many other quiet but harmful and/or annoying effects. In the end they were ineffective and made congress look like a bunch of selfish, power hungry babies.
Discussion 8 : 03/01/2014 at 02:18 AM
Amy1980 is exactly right. Thaksin combines the worst aspects of Mitt Romney and Richard Nixon. American public opinion forced Nixon to resign as President for only one small act of corruption. Thaksin's level of corruption is unimaginable in the US. And the idea that an American government could be run via Skype by an unimaginably corrupt fugitive from Dubai is just outrageous. How could it possibly have taken Thais so long to reach this very long overdue level of absolute disgust with their government?!? Yingluck should resign immediately!!!
Discussion 9 : 03/01/2014 at 02:05 AM
Highly criminal acts he calls civil disobedience - is there really one single sane Thai out there believing him. He is such a madman fanatic that poses ultra danger to the country - just look at todays stock market - and nobody arrests him. I just wonder why - he has to disappear fast much before any of the Shinawatras go.
Discussion 10 : 03/01/2014 at 02:00 AM
Thai people think they are smart and know about Democracy. They are not. They live in an isolated country. They only know Suthep and the Shinawatra family. What they did not know is the either Suthep nor Shinawatra do care about them. Suthep wants the power and run the Government. But he is not a leader and can't win from the Shinawatra family. He is good in terrorize his country and make his people live more miserable. While the Shinawatra has power and money, they will continue build roads and get electricity to the poor in countryside to get more people and build up their supports. Who's the losers??? The Bangkokians (Thai Bangkok).
Discussion 11 : 03/01/2014 at 01:58 AM
When I booked my flight to Thailand in October, my family had a very negative reaction. They called Thailand unstable and were worried my travel plans would be disrupted by political unrest. I defended Thailand and told my family they were wrong and everything would be fine. Even into November and December I continued to defend Thailand. Now I am starting to lose faith. I have studied Buddhism since I was a child and graduated from a 4 year Buddhist college, but clearly Thai Buddhism is very different from the American interpretation. I never thought a country of Buddhist citizens would be so hateful towards one another.
Discussion 12 : 03/01/2014 at 01:07 AM
Good job Thailand, let the war start and there my chance to build my own kingdom. It is about time because I have been waiting for so long.
Discussion 13 : 03/01/2014 at 01:04 AM
The people in this movement do not want to understand that the goal of their leaders is to give to a minority the power to decide who will get the power despite what the majority of voters want. They do not accept to notice that it mean a locked regime for a long time (even against them). They do not realize that if their undemocratic plan wins, they will have several hundred of thousand (or million) of people (from the majority) in the street to reject it. Isn't it biggest than this movement?
Discussion 14 : 03/01/2014 at 12:59 AM
I feel for the people of Thailand. It seems to me it's going to be a 4 way fight for control of Bangkok... The players...1) PDRC, 2) UDD 3)Thai Military 4) Police. UGH....... Remember people... Cooler heads usaully pervail over Hot heads... I hope the UDD realizes not to use weapons to achive their gaols.. as this is going to make the red Shirts look really bad... the same goes for the Police... Thais need to remember the week before the King's B-day.. You all came together as ONE.. WHY NOT AGAIN????????
Discussion 15 : 02/01/2014 at 11:53 PM
If a criminal in Arabia would order his proxies in the US government via skype how to run the country for his own enrichment there would be a rebellion too. And I guess not a peaceful one like in Thailand.
Discussion 16 : 02/01/2014 at 11:41 PM
Why worry with the international community. It is already known what's going on. Suthep and others didn't seem to worry about the international community previously. As a matter of fact he pretty much doesn't respect what the "international community" could offer and it can be said that this is a internal problem and should be left to Thailand to deal with. The track record is abysmal. For my daughter and all Thais I hope that there is some sense that finally emerges and that competent people build the government, not cronies, unqualified appointments and a real belief/understanding that the government serves the people not itself.
Discussion 17 : 02/01/2014 at 11:10 PM
The Yellows and the Reds pay their supporters. One represents the wealthy and the other the rural poor. While carrier politicians are ensuring their existence the country, the economy and the democratic system will suffer. In fact the various factions are ignoring the basics of democracy causing the military to take over whilst ensuring the integrity of the country ... this keeps happening every couple of years?! Just ask yourself, who are in fact the biggest losers ... everyone but the politicians. The land of a thousand smiles and very poor reasoning /logic – too sad!
Discussion 18 : 02/01/2014 at 11:00 PM
While traveling through the USA polls showed that the current president's approval rating with voters has dropped to 39%. However, the other 61%, or any portion thereof, does not besiege Washington DC, block traffic, cut power to public buildings to keep civil servants from working, Etc. Any persons even planning to do so would be immediately arrested. The voters wait until the next election to try and get a person/party they want to lead them. Are Americans better than Thais. I don't think so, but their law enforcement is more even handed and in theory and action no one is above the law 99.999% of the time.
Discussion 19 : 02/01/2014 at 10:52 PM
I don't believe that Suthep controls the base. He's just there. No one I know likes him, but they like what he's trying to do. This movement is bigger than Suthep.
Discussion 20 : 02/01/2014 at 10:45 PM
You have to read all the continual nonsenses to believe...... That's what I thought many times when I read PT policies.
Discussion 21 : 02/01/2014 at 09:38 PM
"To show to the international community that the public does not support the Yingluck Shinawatra-led government and that it does not have the moral right to continue to administer the country" … but we refuse elections to prove our claims because people are not clever enough or all paid since 20 years to not vote for us, so we will self appointed a people's council to govern time for us to "eradicate" our main political opponents and install other "democratic" reforms and then elections will be held. Maybe, if "real democracy", according to the secretary general concepts, is achieved. You have to read all the continual nonsenses to believe

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