PDRC promise not to block air traffic

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has no intention of disrupting air traffic control or the operation of the stock market, anti-government protest spokesman Akanat Promphan said on Tuesday.

Mr Akanat told reporters that the PDRC will not send demonstrators to lay siege to Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) or the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

"We don't want to cause trouble to civilians, we want only to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down," Mr Akanat said.

The PDRC continued its Bangkok Shutdown campaign to stop state officials from working for a second day on Tuesday, closing 10 government offices, including the National Economic and Social Development Board, where officials were forced to evacuate.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who oversees the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order, said on national television on Tuesday morning that government was concerned about the PDRC's plan to disrupt air traffic control and stock trading.

Mr Surapong said such activities would be against the law and cause trouble for the general public and tourists.

Although protesters had surrounded the Customs Department, the Commerce Ministry and the Labour Ministry people are still able to use the services of the state agencies as usual. The caretaker government will do its best to continue to administer the country and resolve the protest situation as quickly as possible, Mr Surapong added.

But Mr Akanat insisted that the PDRC would not be involved in targeting the bourse or Aerothai.

The threats to block the SET and Aerothai, were in fact made by the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) - an ally of the PDRC but a separate group.

The NSPRT said on Monday that its members will rally at the SET and Aerothai on Wednesday if caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra defies calls for her resignation.

Aerothai president Prajak Sajjasophon said on Tuesday that the organisation has prepared a backup system to cope with any blockade. He renewed his warning to protesters that disrupting air traffic control would damage the reputation of the country.

Aerothai is in sole charge of communications between aircraft and air traffic controllers in Thailand. Their offices in Bangkok's Sathorn district act as a networking centre for computer systems linking air traffic control posts across the country.

About 1,400 flights land at and take off from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports everyday. Another 600 flights pass through the Thai airspace each day.

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Discussion 1 : 15/01/2014 at 09:06 AM
atleast these protesters still priorities the safety of the Thai people not like what had happened in the previous years that they just burned anything that they wanted including buildings and so forth.That is not a peacful protest and it is not even called a protest but a riot and violence. These group (protesters now) wanted a change that will make this country free from nepotism and corruptions. As we can see now, more and more people are supporting him because it 's worth it.
Discussion 2 : 15/01/2014 at 08:11 AM
"We don't want to cause trouble to civilians, we want only to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down," Mr Akanat said. And the blockading of government departments such as the National Economic and Social Development Board and forcing it to shut down for the day or more isnt going to have a negative impact on the civilian population that it serves, not to mention the potential for emotional damage that is caused to the staff that are impacted. More terrocracy in action....
Discussion 3 : 15/01/2014 at 08:05 AM
PDRC is PAD. They hijack the airport before.
Discussion 4 : 15/01/2014 at 06:59 AM
The reputation of Thailand is already in tatters and people will leave whether tourists or residents and not return. Thailand is operating in a twilight zone, it is opposing the natural rule of law and justice and if all it takes for Yingluck to step down to resolve thus matter then she should do so BUT Suthep should have nothing to do with events after that moment. There will be people riding on a high and not want this matter to end, the Thai version of the cultural revolution could be just as brutal and vindictive as Maos and is that what all of Thailand really want? I don't think so.....
Discussion 5 : 15/01/2014 at 04:49 AM
Suthep can't say, that the PDRC is protesting peacefully and can't be hold responsible for other groups ( NSPRT and Dhamma Army ) doing the dirty work . Those groups are sitting in the committee, make strategic decisions and are part of the PDRC. Suthep cannot separate them and their actions from the PDRC. And this is exactly what he is trying to do. Its not the peaceful protesters who siege government offices but the strong arm of the PDRC, the front runners. But they are one and the same.
Discussion 6 : 15/01/2014 at 02:03 AM
PDRC will not take over AeroThai, but NSPRT will?
Discussion 7 : 15/01/2014 at 01:37 AM
Phew! What a relief - because we all know that we can trust Suthep to stick to his promises, don't we.
Discussion 8 : 14/01/2014 at 11:46 PM
Averting catastrophy at the eleventh hour

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