'Close every state agency this week'

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Wednesday night urged supporters to ensure all state agencies that are still working are shut down by the end of this week, saying he was confident the caretaker government would go before the Feb 2 election.

He said he believed the Bangkok Shutdown operation has made some impact so far as more and more government officials have stopped working and are lending their support to The People's Democratic Reform Committee. “Every state office will be shut down by the end of this week ... after that we will visit each minister’s house,” he said. “Time for this government is running out and we will win for sure.”The PDRC secretary-general asked protesters at the Chaeng Wattana rally site not to close the airports or the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) building on Ratchadaphisek road.He also asked Luang Pu Buddha Issara, the abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom province, who is overseeing a rally stage in front of the CAT Telecom building on Chaeng Wattana road, to act as a PDRC advisor, not a protest leader, saying he did not want him to face insurrection charges like him. Mr Suthep said the PDRC respected the work of the media and 90 percent of media outlets are being fair with the protesters except the Matichon and Khao Sod dailies.He also singled out well known news presenter Sorayuth Suthassanachinda at Channel 3 for his role in presenting the current political situation in his popular morning news programme. He accused Sorayuth of reading pro-government news only and threatened to mobilise protesters to surround Channel 3 and ask to meet him again.  “But don’t worry we won’t burn down Channel 3, we will only 'visit' them," he said. “If the media are not good with their work, we shall visit them. Don’t regard this as threatening [the media], but rather call it seeking justice. We only ask the press not to report the government’s crazy slander about us.”

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Discussion 1 : 16/01/2014 at 05:09 PM
government officials are still working all over the country and the administration is still functioning{ from previous poster } but the old story in thailand if an official says it true must be true ask the sooth sayer
Discussion 2 : 16/01/2014 at 11:36 AM
that's because he has no plan, no idea of how to go about reforming, and that's why they don't get elected.
Discussion 3 : 16/01/2014 at 10:20 AM
When all the dust has cleared, the same old politicians will be re-elected. Nothing new. No alternatives.
Discussion 4 : 16/01/2014 at 09:34 AM
And the Pied Piper of Bangkok blew his whistle once again.
Discussion 5 : 16/01/2014 at 08:10 AM
A few other destructive plans: rice buying scheme, 2 trillion baht loan, amnesty for criminals.
Discussion 6 : 16/01/2014 at 08:04 AM
Another D-day. How many are there to come?
Discussion 7 : 16/01/2014 at 07:10 AM
Taking PM and ministers into custody last week. Shutting down every state agency this week. Dozens of destructive plans causing damage to the nation most particularly in economics and law and order.
Discussion 8 : 16/01/2014 at 06:46 AM
The private enterprise big bosses will soon come out and tell Suthep to stop his nonsense shutting down plan.
Discussion 9 : 16/01/2014 at 06:46 AM
Bangkok is locked down by a group of people desperate to overthrow the government, one many people supported at the last poll. This is all done under the guise of ending the Shinawatra curse or so called curse. Whether true or not is debatable but the damage done to Thailand cannot be underestimated, it is clear people will remember how this show of public defiance restricted their access to freedom of movement around Bangkok, the absolute shocking feeling that no one was in control and the feeling that all you wanted to do was to get out of the place. The world is watching now and many don't support what is happening via a people coup.
Discussion 10 : 16/01/2014 at 06:15 AM
Everyone of them? Mark this article and see if he does what he says. So far, he has fallen far short of his goals. In fact, I am not sure if he has achieved any of this "do or die" goals.
Discussion 11 : 16/01/2014 at 04:33 AM
Ask the Rice Farmers. Oh wait most of them haven't been paid too. I think the money is finished. Phu Thai spent it all.
Discussion 12 : 16/01/2014 at 04:13 AM
After 2.5 months of ongoing protests, nothing really has been achieved. The Yingluck government is still in power , the PM has not resigned , the election has not been cancelled or postponed , government officials are still working all over the country and the administration is still functioning . That does not look like a win-win situation to me. The government is sitting it out. The people of Bangkok show still patience, but the question is for how long. The CC and the NACC are working very slow on the pending cases.
Discussion 13 : 16/01/2014 at 02:23 AM
Suthep Thaugsuban is running amok. Nothing is being done to limit the damage, let alone put a stop to it. Freedom of expression, along with the role of the media, is being questioned and criticised. Thailand is on a slippery slope. Mob rule is the precursor of Dictatorship. Thaksin Shinawatra is beginning to look like the Fairy Godmother.
Discussion 14 : 16/01/2014 at 02:18 AM
It start to be more than crazy. But its very interesting that the opposition, the government is taking it as they do and with such a patience.
Discussion 15 : 16/01/2014 at 02:18 AM
dont worry, Suthep will pay, he will also issue new passports and ID Cards with his head as new logo
Discussion 16 : 16/01/2014 at 02:07 AM
Just because a building or compound are shut down by radical demonstrators does not necessarily mean government functions no longer exist. Most Ministries have contingency plans for this sort of thing.
Discussion 17 : 16/01/2014 at 02:00 AM
Is that how the PDRC defines democracy? Not only they wants to overthrow an elected government by a nominated council but freedom of speech isn't tolerated anymore? Medias have to comply else they'll be shut down as well? Scary really...
Discussion 18 : 16/01/2014 at 01:30 AM
'Win for sure' means he doesn't know if they'll win or not. Suthep has been trying to shut down the state agencies since December but so far failed as the must adhere to the government. from iPhone application.
Discussion 19 : 16/01/2014 at 01:20 AM
Just give Suthep a call, I'm sure that he'll cough up. He can treat it as an interest free loan and trust everyone is a supporter and will pay him back when things return to normal (whatever that is)
Discussion 20 : 16/01/2014 at 01:12 AM
It´s time to put the PDRC leaders behind bars!
Discussion 21 : 16/01/2014 at 12:42 AM
When all the state agencies and regular government functions cease, wonder how government employees, and soldiers not only in Bangkok but also in other parts of the country, get paid.

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