Isan reds to flex muscle on Jan 13

About 200,000 red-shirts will rally in 20 northeastern provinces to express opposition to another military coup and the Bangkok shutdown by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on Jan 13, according to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

Anuwat Thinnaratch, chairman of the UDD in the Northeast, said on Wednesday that a meeting of UDD regional leaders in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday agreed that the red-shirts should flex their muscle and  show that most Thais oppose the actions of the anti-government protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban.

Mr Anuwat said he would work with all regional leaders in asking them to launch campaigns in their respective areas to encourage supporters to join the planned UDD rallies on Jan 13, from 9am onward.

He expected at least 10,000 people in each of the 20 provinces, or about 200,000 people in the Northeast, would take to the streets on Monday.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, he said, the red-shirts will gather on Chumphol road and after that they would march to the provincial hall.

Asked about concerns the red-shirts might confront the anti-government protesters, Mr Anuwat said the red-shirts were not afraid of any possible confrontation. They would no longer allow the PDRC to further destroy the country.

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Discussion 1 : 09/01/2014 at 11:09 AM
200,000 is consider as most Thais according to the UDD, but they cry 1 + million anti-govt is not most Thais, the world through red glasses is amazing. I welcome them to protest with open arms, keep it real, protest for democracy and election, not protest to protest against protesters.
Discussion 2 : 09/01/2014 at 03:21 AM
Yes indeed ryan_c. Unfortunately the standards and values of old have given way to a 'dog eat dog' mentality. Sometimes it is necessary to be outspoken, but it should never be necessary to stir up hatred by resorting to invective.
Discussion 3 : 09/01/2014 at 01:15 AM
In their endeavor to achieve a better future for themselves and their children the RS/UDD people have proven that they are a political force to be reckoned with and respected. However, after nearly three years of cronyism, rampant corruption and government incompetence, do they seriously believe that this type of government is the best way forward for them and the country? All things considered, they should be the ones to embrace serious reform in order to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to realize their full economic potential instead of being patronized by the rich and powerful.
Discussion 4 : 08/01/2014 at 09:45 PM
Reading the comments in articles these days, I miss the time when Thais (and expats) didn't openly hate and insult each other so much.
Discussion 5 : 08/01/2014 at 05:54 PM
Didn’t they get the warning from our caretaker government that political protesters face 20 years in jail? I hope the police will stop these red demonstrators right away and arrest everyone. If they confess then maybe they can leave jail already after 10 years ;)
Discussion 6 : 08/01/2014 at 05:49 PM
I doubt VERY much if they have 200,000 ... after all, the government hasn't even paid the rice farmers for five months or more! And besides, they won't get paid if they don't have all the older ladies bussed to BKK paid for by 'guess who'.
Discussion 7 : 08/01/2014 at 05:43 PM
They should not ask the red shirt supporters if they are against Suthep but they should as them: 1. if they want a end to corruption (e.g. in the rice policy) 2. if they want a better future for their children 3. if they want their children to go to better schools and universities so they earn more salary later 4. if they want to decide themselves what is good and bad 5. if they want a small number of people to get richer and more people get poorer 6. if they want the government to take care of all Thai people in the same way 7. if they want criminals be treated in the same way, rich and poor.......
Discussion 8 : 08/01/2014 at 05:15 PM
Interesting theory, the UDD claim that the Bangkok protests with more than a million people don't represent most Thais, but that their paltry 200,000 does?
Discussion 9 : 08/01/2014 at 05:12 PM
Asked about concerns the red-shirts might confront the anti-government protesters, Mr Anuwat said the red-shirts were not afraid of any possible confrontation. They would no longer allow the PDRC to further destroy the country. And his Government has NOT destroyed this wonderful country, is he blind or just arogant
Discussion 10 : 08/01/2014 at 05:05 PM
What is it the PTP and UDD do not understand, they are the same organization, under the PM. The PM has called out the military, to back up the police. What is all this rhetoric about a Coup?
Discussion 11 : 08/01/2014 at 05:03 PM
"They would no longer allow the PDRC to further destroy the country." Yes the PTP Thaksin Yingluck and the red shirts prefer do destroy Thailand by themselves with scams and corruption

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