Van operators rally against PDRC

About 300 passenger van operators parked their vehicles on the fringe of the anti-government rally at Victory Monument on Thursday in a protest against the People's Democratic Reform Committee's plan to shut down Bangkok on Monday, traffic police commander Jirasan Kaewsaenga-ek said.

Pol Maj Gen Jirasan said more than 300 passenger vans from different areas of Bangkok and neighbouring provinces began arriving at Victory Monument at 9.45am. The main rally is at Democracy  Monument, which is nearby.

The van operators complain the ongoing anti-government protests, led by PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban, have affected business and they are losing money.

Meanwhile, a survey by Suan Dusit Poll found that many young people are fed up with the continuing political conflict on Thailand.

The pollster questioned young people for their views on Thai politics from Monday to Wednesday, involving 1,337 respondents across the country.

The pollster said 61.51% saw Thai politics as disorderly and boring, 19.25% believed that it obstructed Thailand's development and caused unhappiness, 15.09% said all politicians were evil, greedy, devious and lazy and they were bad examples for children, and 4.15% said the political situation had disrupted their school classes.

On ways to resolve the political situation, 42.15% said the different sides should talk and listen to each other in a well mannered way and work together, 21.90% said bad politicians to should be severely punished, 19.83% wanted adults to think more about young people, 16.12% said adults should learn to accept defeat and to forgive. 

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Discussion 1 : 10/01/2014 at 02:25 AM
Funny! Everybody else is talking about negotiating and compromising, while Suthep's main goal is to eradicate all of the Thaksin regime, make it extinct. BKK Post contributors are already taking Suthep to task on this, but the hard core PDRC supporters are still oblivious.
Discussion 2 : 09/01/2014 at 08:41 PM
So they are now blocking traffic in Bangkok solely for the purpose of protesting against those who plan to block traffic in Bangkok to protest next week? Welcome to "Amazing Thailand".
Discussion 3 : 09/01/2014 at 08:06 PM
That is great news if 300 van operators are protesting against the protest .. the roads and highways of Thailand will be safe :)
Discussion 4 : 09/01/2014 at 08:01 PM
You may not believe it, but there are many many people who are loosing a lot of money every day, because of this unrest. They fun part is, they still have to pay there bills. Funny for some, but for sure not funny for them
Discussion 5 : 09/01/2014 at 07:53 PM
The main issue is not the driver's competence or lack of skill. The issue is that the protest is interfering with their right to make a living by doing their job.
Discussion 6 : 09/01/2014 at 07:35 PM
Van operators losing money it would be dangerous as driivers would needs to speed to recooup loss earning thus putting passengers lives at risk as all we knows well of their reckless driving
Discussion 7 : 09/01/2014 at 07:16 PM
I didn’t know that their on-road antics counted as ‘driving’. Well, well. Apparently, if you are ‘grass roots’ then you can be forgiven for any level of incompetence.
Discussion 8 : 09/01/2014 at 07:15 PM
How much have they been paid to stir trouble
Discussion 9 : 09/01/2014 at 07:03 PM
So, when 300 van operaters come to protest against the shutdown, they are reckless drivers, need a drugstest, drive too fast, killers of the road, their vans need to be confiscated, the made there seatbelts inoperative (?) according to some comments here. What if they came to support Suthep? All decent guys?
Discussion 10 : 09/01/2014 at 06:46 PM
Leotro - how people have been killed by reckless van drivers vs how many have been killed by the PDRC? So because they support the government they are forgiven for their reckless, dangerous driving?
Discussion 11 : 09/01/2014 at 06:46 PM
Van drivers are grass root level people providing their skill service to the community to earn a living. It does not necessarily mean that they are all labelled as irresponsible dangerous drivers.
Discussion 12 : 09/01/2014 at 06:38 PM
We need to ask ourselves who most of these belong to.it is no coincidancs I an sure.Check them all for infringements like seat belts made inoperative if found confiscate the Van you will soon find out who owns them,Again is this not what al the peaceful demonstrations are for anticorruption.
Discussion 13 : 09/01/2014 at 06:19 PM
It will be interesting to see who and how many come out throughout the country against this shut down.
Discussion 14 : 09/01/2014 at 06:16 PM
Why not, if the PDRC are all given drug tests, and frisked too.
Discussion 15 : 09/01/2014 at 05:42 PM
300 parked dangerous Van drivers all at the same place. Seems like a good time for the Transportation Dept. to do some upgrades with GPS and Accelerator governors( set them at 80). While they are at it don't forget to give them drug test. Just think this might save someone from dying today. Come on PT do your job for once.
Discussion 16 : 09/01/2014 at 05:27 PM
At least they will not kill anymore people with their reckless driving!

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