Reds won't march in Bangkok, South

The red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship on Tuesday announced it will stage nationwide counter-rallies ― but not in the southern provinces or Greater Bangkok ― on Jan 13, when the People's Democratic Reform Committee will begin its mass protest to shut down the capital.

Caretaker Deputy Commerce Minister and red-shirt co-leader Nattawut Saikuar made the announcement at a  meeting of more than 5,000 UDD key leaders and supporters from across the country  at Chalerm Phra Kiat Stadium in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima province on Tuesday. 

The UDD invited people all over the country "who love the nation and democracy" and do not want to see the damage to Thailand that would be caused by the PDRC shutdown of Bangkok, to begin demonstrating along main roads in their provinces from 9am on Jan 13, Mr Nattawut told the meeting.

The demonstrations on that day would exclude Bangkok and its vicinity, to avoid confronting the PRDC supporters, including the southern region where many people back the PDRC. 

“Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban will see how many people are against him” and the PDRC during the Jan 13 counter-rallies, Mr Nattawut added. 

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Discussion 1 : 08/01/2014 at 10:36 AM
bikeme - are you saying that the PDRC would welcome the UDD to protest in front of Suthep's house? I think not.
Discussion 2 : 07/01/2014 at 09:50 PM
Let all the people in the north and northeast that are against this government march down the streets and roads to show those few red shirts lining the streets how many people across Thailand really support the anti-government movement. The more violence the red shirts try against those anti-government forces marching in their villages, the more the number will grow.
Discussion 3 : 07/01/2014 at 07:48 PM
Sounds to me that the UDD are being more reasonable and responsible than Mr Suthep and his group. I find it very INTERESTING that if the PDRC are such a force by the people against corruption etc ...why didn't they REGISTER as a Party for the elections? BUT WAIT!!!...why would Mr Suthep and the PDRC do that?...that would mean Democracy and Voting...something Mr Suthep and his backers DON'T believe in.
Discussion 4 : 07/01/2014 at 07:03 PM
Wise yes moraly correct yes ( at least one group with ethics in this situation) BUT too late. If they has shown their popularity a week before the shut down of Bangkok with manifestations around bangkok. The situation would be different already . The reds are too late with their pacefull demonstrations to back up the democratic elected government. (for me a political error)
Discussion 5 : 07/01/2014 at 06:30 PM
Maybe the Shinawatra clan will see how many people are against them?
Discussion 6 : 07/01/2014 at 06:17 PM
I think it is very wise that the Reds will not march. Thai people are bored with the protests. They want to go on with their lifes. Hopefully the elections will bring peace and Yingluck will stay.
Discussion 7 : 07/01/2014 at 06:05 PM
5000 red shirt leaders? So one leader for 5 people, 55555! The others demonstrate against the government, because they want get paid for their rice.
Discussion 8 : 07/01/2014 at 05:23 PM
Your syllogism isl limited as you omit to remember the past of corruption the man you talk. He fight against the election, not against the corruption.
Discussion 9 : 07/01/2014 at 05:22 PM
Obviously the reds support crime and corruption. Why else would they support the wanted criminal Thaksin?
Discussion 10 : 07/01/2014 at 05:19 PM
I think there is no problem if people want to demonstrate in Bangkok peacefully for the Shinawatra government. I don’t think anti-government protesters will fight the pro-government protesters. But they better demonstrate peacefully! If i.e. pro-government red-shirts move to the streets and start their usual aggressive and violent behavior … – they should better think twice about that.
Discussion 11 : 07/01/2014 at 05:19 PM
But will the UDD offer the same respect and freedom to express an opinion to PDRC folks who protest in the north and east? Based on what happened in Chiang Mai, I would say NO.
Discussion 12 : 07/01/2014 at 05:16 PM
The real reason is Nattawut/Jatuporn want to xerox-copy that breathtaking drama when thousands along the the streets gleefully stuffed banknotes to the Kamnan! from iPhone application.
Discussion 13 : 07/01/2014 at 05:13 PM
If Suthep is protesting against corruption, and the Reds are protesting against Suthep.....does that mean the Reds are protesting FOR corruption?
Discussion 14 : 07/01/2014 at 05:00 PM
“Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban will see how many people are against him” and the PDRC during the Jan 13 counter-rallies, Mr Nattawut added. Or not!
Discussion 15 : 07/01/2014 at 04:57 PM
There should also be an avenue available for pro government supporters in BKK and the South that wish to show their support for the government, that would also prevent confrontation with pdrc. UDD should advise it's supporters what representative action they could use to show support for the government, while in BKK and the South. The group supporting the democratic process that is lighting candles downtown comes to mind.
Discussion 16 : 07/01/2014 at 04:37 PM
Lets see how many are against him, really.
Discussion 17 : 07/01/2014 at 04:33 PM
Counter rallies not in Bangkok or in the south would be considered nationwide?

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