PDRC warm-up march Sunday

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) will stage a march in Bangkok on Sunday as a warm-up for its planned shutdown of the capital on Jan 13.

The anti-government protesters will move in an eight-kilometre loop starting from Democracy Monument to the Memorial Bridge, Phahurat, Yaowarat, Worachak and back to their main Ratchadamnoen base.

The route could be adjusted, the group added.

PDRC spokesman Ekanat Promphan said the rally would start at 10am and would be held only in daylight hours because of safety concerns.

The anti-government group plans more marches on Tuesday and Thursday but the routes have not been disclosed.

Leader Suthep Thaugsuban has said the PDRC intended to use street rallies this week to build momentum to attract as many people as possible to its main demonstration a week from Monday.

He has promised that the Jan 13 event would be the "last battle" to unseat caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet.

Mr Suthep has used the expression "last battle" on numerous other occasions since he began the campaign in early November.

In an indication that the campaign could yet be prolonged, he said the shutdown would continue until the PDRC's demands are met and obstacles to reform are lifted.

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Discussion 1 : 05/01/2014 at 10:40 AM
'keep her word, simply by postponing the election' - she never promised to postpone the election. As for implementing UN resolutions about corruption can you point those out? The free speech part though is never adhered to by any government. Never has.
Discussion 2 : 05/01/2014 at 02:38 AM
Somewhere in-between perfection and corruption there exists a point of balance often referred to as 'common decency'. This, alongside of 'rule of law' is the essence of sound governance and stable democracy. The proposed amnesty was technically feasible but intrinsically impracticable. It was an unwise move and Mr Suthep's reaction to it is understandable. His agenda however is alarming. It would seem that military intervention is inevitable. It is to be hoped that lessons will be learned without resort to violence, and that Thailand will emerge with stable democratic governance based on rule of law and the concept of common decency.
Discussion 3 : 05/01/2014 at 12:18 AM
call Nok Air - Not likely unless the airports are closed.
Discussion 4 : 04/01/2014 at 11:21 PM
Today, SIA announce that they are cutting down flight to BKK becoz of the protest.
Discussion 5 : 04/01/2014 at 10:42 PM
So what was the point of the arrest warrant issued back in November? It just makes this gov look even more like a weak paper tiger if they refuse to enforce it. Why even draft up the documentation if they never intended to enforce it? If the PM would act like a PM and enforce some law and order around here half the battle would be won right there!
Discussion 6 : 04/01/2014 at 09:51 PM
There's a degree of wishful thinking here. The crowds of protesters certainly don't get bigger. If anything they have diminished. The media appear to be against his plans to choose a candidate by committee. Oh you can be sure that UNCAC would not agree with his anti democratic stance he's taken. As for the democrats, I'm not sure anyone knows who or what they stand for now.
Discussion 7 : 04/01/2014 at 08:36 PM
No matter how many propagandists downplay, and criticize Suthep, the number of anti-government, anti-Shinawatra supporters keeps growing exponentially. The PM could control this whole situation, and keep her word, simply by postponing the election, and start instituting reforms based on the UNCAC that Thailand did sign and ratify, but still refuses to implement. The Democrats, private business, and the protesters want reforms based on the UN's agreed on proposals to stop corruption, but this government refuses to implement the UN backed changes needed, even though Thailand signed and ratified the agreement.
Discussion 8 : 04/01/2014 at 08:34 PM
Every January I am invited to attend a regional business conference in Bangkok. My air ticket was purchased a month ago for arrival in Bangkok on the 17th and departure on the 19th. Since D-Day is on the 13th, and if it continues for the rest of the week, will Nok Air refund the ticket?
Discussion 9 : 04/01/2014 at 08:05 PM
The police should be planning to cool down this warm up.
Discussion 10 : 04/01/2014 at 08:04 PM
Good analysis...in American idiom - Khun Suthep shot himself in the foot with his shut down Bangkok plan.
Discussion 11 : 04/01/2014 at 07:56 PM
Untrue. I was with the red shirt, soldiers and police almost on a daily basis. The red shirts did not make a mess. The more they were corralled though the tenser things got. The mess was their blood running through the streets in May. They did not make that mess.
Discussion 12 : 04/01/2014 at 07:29 PM
Would you prefer the status quo and have the PTP continue to rip off billions?
Discussion 13 : 04/01/2014 at 07:28 PM
Discussion 14 : 04/01/2014 at 06:59 PM
Has Chalerm been beheaded yet? Remember, he promised!
Discussion 15 : 04/01/2014 at 06:53 PM
Maybe so but they were trying to remove a government that was not legally elected by the people.
Discussion 16 : 04/01/2014 at 06:53 PM
we cannot know what could happened if police or / and military used force during more days, just do the balance for the few days police used tear gas ...not so peacefull ...
Discussion 17 : 04/01/2014 at 06:52 PM
Yes If the Chinese airlines follow Singapore Airlines then Thailand stands to loose billions not hundreds of millions.
Discussion 18 : 04/01/2014 at 06:45 PM
And with less of blood.
Discussion 19 : 04/01/2014 at 06:39 PM
Let them do whatever they wanted as long as they don't violate the rule of law and as soon as they illegally causing trouble then execute them by any mean.
Discussion 20 : 04/01/2014 at 06:22 PM
Looks to me like they've targeted their 'shutdown' sites at the BKK business community, tourism industry and main shopping district, rather than the government. The working class will be hurt the most. All the hotel and restaurant staffers + shop owners and store clerks who depend on service charges and commissions for their income will suffer badly, and at the exact time of year when they should be earning their best money... High Season for tourism including Chinese New Year. Travelers are crossing BKK off their list and going elsewhere. Hopefully the people who have been following this madman will wake-up to their senses soon.
Discussion 21 : 04/01/2014 at 06:02 PM
At least they keep Bangkok in a better state than the red shirts in 2010.
Discussion 22 : 04/01/2014 at 05:49 PM
How many las/final battles has he already passed by?
Discussion 23 : 04/01/2014 at 05:35 PM
Shins, just get the heck out and let Thailand move on!
Discussion 24 : 04/01/2014 at 05:34 PM
Do they need to 'warm up' for that? Were the past 2 months not warm enough already?
Discussion 25 : 04/01/2014 at 05:12 PM
The point about this sort of demonstrating is that it is essential to continually build momentum. This not only increases public attention, it also keeps the demonstrators, particularly the core support, in good spirits. As soon as momentum begins to flag the demonstrators themselves begin to lose heart. I believe this has already begun. The shut-down-BKK strategy seems to be a very good way of turning off exactly the new support needed in order to keep building momentum. The danger then is that you begin to look like a loser and nobody wants to be a part of that. The government's strategy of playing it very cool is paying off.

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