Anti-PDRC activists pitch online battle

Social media activists have launched a campaign to oppose the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)'s move to shut down Bangkok.

One group has called on motorists to turn their car headlights on during the day if they are against the move.

The Go 6 TV Community Page condemned the PDRC's plan to shut down the capital from Jan 13 and invited the "silent majority" to express their opinions with the headlights.

Other social media groups called on people to observe constitutional practice by going to the ballot booths on Feb 2.

The Go 6 TV community page said in a statement on the site that the "Bangkok shutdown" campaign will completely bog down traffic in the capital and lead to economic problems.

It said Bangkokians should not allow people from other provinces to do this because the protest against the government could develop into civil war.

It backed the police to control the situation and urged them to arrest any wrongdoers.

"Please stop any act that violates people's rights under democracy. The Bangkok community respects different opinions, but a group of people is doing something that seriously destroys basic human rights," the page said.

Kittichai Ngamchaipisit, coordinator of the I-Peace web group which was calling on people to go to the polls, said he wanted to create some space for people who want to cast their ballots on Feb 2, which is an important part of the democratic system.

"After a House dissolution, there must be a general election, which is the correct practice under a democratic system," he said. "But some groups don't want to let it happen. Please be reminded that the democratic system can solve problems, including finding a way to national reform."

About 80 people led by his group on Friday lit a candle at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in a symbolic act to mark the violent Dec 26 clash between police and protesters at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng, where a policeman and a protester were killed.

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Discussion 1 : 05/01/2014 at 12:02 AM
Government subsidy in some forms occur in all countries. Calling your political opponents ignorant, 'buffaloes', however, will surely turn them away from voting for you. Thaksin doesn't have to spend a penny on that.
Discussion 2 : 04/01/2014 at 09:08 PM
How many of these 'government' sponsored pawns would be members of the new red propaganda brigade newly posting on BP's previously open and balanced opinion exchange forum? My guess would be: many, considering the gigantic abuse of the 'like' 'don't like' in the posts. The virus is spreading! TS &Co. are pushing as hard as they can, in all directions, so afraid they are to lose the Billions and Trillions they intended to steal from the Thai citizens!
Discussion 3 : 04/01/2014 at 06:24 PM
I didn't know that Thaksin was getting involved.
Discussion 4 : 04/01/2014 at 06:17 PM
Vote buying is an urban legend its like saying protesters get paid.
Discussion 5 : 04/01/2014 at 04:52 PM
Caralho. You are totally wrong. Democracy isn't yet being hopeless. Only some body gets it to be hopeless. In fact it is nothing to with the democracy of their disgruntles. The protest is launched by a bunch of dissenters to fight against the elected government that they want electoral system to reform for them to win and rule. They don't accept how come they can't be able to win any election. They are not intelligent enough to understand why they couldn't win. If they want to win they must go down to root to persuade people to give them a chance not right to protest against government to ask it to step down for them unconstitutionally.
Discussion 6 : 04/01/2014 at 04:38 PM
People with common sense are coming out to condemn the PDRC.
Discussion 7 : 04/01/2014 at 04:38 PM
A coup is launched is better than nothing able to curb this on going protest that hurts Thais sentiment and economy. Provided the military promises coup to maintain public election. Let those dissenters be appeased and stop dissing the government again.
Discussion 8 : 04/01/2014 at 03:50 PM
banmebkk. As you should know corruption is easy to allege but difficult to detect. Once a corrupt conduction was found by NACC after getting report from public or official through scrutinized investigation, then the malefactor will be caught and put forward to court to have him convicted. There must be having convincing sustainable evidence strong enough to convict the corrupt. To hold protest against government implementation of unfair policy to harm commoners is right, otherwise is wrong. But, this protest is to aim at caretaker government to step down for the proposed people council. The proposal is vague to understandable by all at large.
Discussion 9 : 04/01/2014 at 03:25 PM
The end solution is a coup... again. So sad Thais cannot get democracy together.
Discussion 10 : 04/01/2014 at 03:12 PM
Shutting down Bangkok will not solve any problem only to create more unhappiness and anger. Putting Bangkok on freeze is like shooting your own foot to make you run faster, impossible.
Discussion 11 : 04/01/2014 at 03:10 PM
Exactly right! This is about rooting out corruption, it has nothing to do with Suthep or Dems. GET THE CORRUPT REGIME OUT!!!
Discussion 12 : 04/01/2014 at 03:10 PM
One mad man speaks for the rest of the country.
Discussion 13 : 04/01/2014 at 02:42 PM
You know as well as I do reform will not happen after the elections and with the inevitable Vote buying through various means,rice pledge being one Mr T and his people will remain in power sucking the country dry.Reform is necessary before an election.
Discussion 14 : 04/01/2014 at 02:37 PM
In some countries it is mandatory,they have much safer roads with far less fatalities could be a learning curve especially with reduced visibility caused by pollution.
Discussion 15 : 04/01/2014 at 01:18 PM
plaintruth, the only reform that want to impose the protesters is to take the power without election. I agree that a coup is a major reform, but it stay illegal.
Discussion 16 : 04/01/2014 at 01:05 PM
Go 6 TV reports mostly on police matters, hence its not surprise they support the PTP and Thaksin. Honk at protesters if you want to off the streets.
Discussion 17 : 04/01/2014 at 01:03 PM
"Protest against government is wrong" - why is it wrong to protest against corruption? care to explain? I'm not saying its ok to take over the city like the red shirts did, but people have the right to protest against a corrupt party.
Discussion 18 : 04/01/2014 at 12:25 PM
There are plenty of social sites that support the pro-reform protests. Guess they reflect the majority opinion as well!
Discussion 19 : 04/01/2014 at 11:47 AM
Democracy is hopeless in Thailand .
Discussion 20 : 04/01/2014 at 11:08 AM
about time the people realized how dangerous tis sethrup is
Discussion 21 : 04/01/2014 at 11:03 AM
Good for them, it would also be nice to get the same publicity given to them,as shown every day for Suthep.
Discussion 22 : 04/01/2014 at 10:53 AM
"PT dictatorship", "guilty of treason"... Lie, lie, there will always be something left (Voltaire). Anyway, the Social media activists talks with some reason and moderation, saying just the exact feeling of the majority of the Thai people: stop whistles and blockades and goto vote to install your reforms. There is not other way in a modern and democratic country.
Discussion 23 : 04/01/2014 at 10:26 AM
Few people will believe a political party like the DEM, who escalated their hooligan behaviors in the parliament to the shutting down of BKK, have ever cared about Thai people, Thailand, reform or democracy. The DEM even used the term of “reforming their party” as the gimmick to keep fooling the public, while quelling the real reformists inside their own party. If they deem BkK shut down is for reforming the country, boycotting elections, and blocking others to elections are democratic, then robbing people's power and tearing up constitutions by force/military coups must be the rule of democracy. Right? Most Thais are not buffaloes!
Discussion 24 : 04/01/2014 at 10:22 AM
A Good Idea , for every motorist to drive with their headlights on .
Discussion 25 : 04/01/2014 at 10:01 AM
The 'Go 6 TV Community Page' supports the Puea Thaksin dictatorship which is guilty of treason. Turn off your headlights if you are against the fugitive for president.
Discussion 26 : 04/01/2014 at 09:51 AM
The signal is as clear as crystal. Protests against government is wrong. Lack consideration for Bangkokians' basic human rights is not accepted. Tourism not hurt is not true.
Discussion 27 : 04/01/2014 at 09:32 AM
About 80 people led by his group on Friday lit a candle ......looking at the picture I counted around 200 people, further proof that BP's counting is biased.
Discussion 28 : 04/01/2014 at 09:07 AM
Getting the motorist and motor bikes to switch on their headlights at dusk and night could help as well.
Discussion 29 : 04/01/2014 at 07:52 AM
"One group has called on motorists to turn their car headlights on during the day if they are against the move" Terrible idea! What if your car has "Day Time Running Lights"? You could be targeted as against the move.
Discussion 30 : 04/01/2014 at 07:39 AM
Sounds like excellent advice to me.
Discussion 31 : 04/01/2014 at 06:37 AM
These people are talking good sense and it just might be that these types will appear everywhere and quell the protestors.
Discussion 32 : 04/01/2014 at 03:59 AM
All the citizens of Bangkok need to get together and help the police stop the madness, the silent majority needs to be heard, don’t like these anarchist control their lives and their livelihood....

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