Suthep vows to defy emergency decree

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Tuesday vowed to defy all orders issued under the 60-day emergency decree invoked by the caretaker government.

"We will step up our rallies to counter the emergency decree,'' he told the crowd at his Pathumwan rally site.

Mr Suthep said he will lead protesters to challenge the decree, arguing that the caretaker government's decision would draw more people onto the streets of Bangkok to oust caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

"We will defy them all,'' he said.

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader attacked the caretaker government for having no grounds to declare a state of emergency, claiming that the invocation of the law showed the caretaker administration was being cornered by protesters.

Anti-government rallies have been held in an open and peaceful manner, so do not substantiate the decision to invoke the decree, he added.

"There are no national threats. There are only threats to them,'' he said, referring to the caretaker administration.

The former Surat Thani MP stressed the importance of remaining patient as protesters brace for more pressure from security officials once the decree is enforced.

PDRC core member Issara Somchai said further protests to shut down government and state offices will be underway on Wednesday.

The emergency decree will be enforced in all areas of Bangkok and part of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan provinces.

Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung will oversee the enforcement of the decree through the centre for peacekeeping. He will be assisted by national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 22/01/2014 at 08:36 AM
What do you call storming into govt buildings and threatening people working there? What do you call making death threats against people that are against them?
Discussion 2 : 22/01/2014 at 04:38 AM
"There are no national threats. There are only threats to them,'' he said, referring to the caretaker administration". I 100% agree with this statement and this is just an attempt by the government to suppress people before elections. I think this is more likely to force the military into a coup if they disagree about the enforcement of the decree. I think the government are playing a very dangerous game.
Discussion 3 : 22/01/2014 at 04:36 AM
Hopefully this want take long and the city can come back to normal. It will be nice to see something new on the news reports as well.
Discussion 4 : 22/01/2014 at 02:31 AM
One thing is for certain, He does not, and never will speak for the country.
Discussion 5 : 22/01/2014 at 02:24 AM
Oh the irony. Now Suthep is on the wrong end of an emergency decree.
Discussion 6 : 22/01/2014 at 02:12 AM
The government and the police have no credibility with the protesters. So invoking the Emergency Decree will only boost their morale.
Discussion 7 : 22/01/2014 at 01:18 AM
Charlies said what I wanted to say. I despite what xendon suggested. Why, it is simple. Yingluck represents Thailand. She's PM of Thailand chosen by majority. Nor to say supported by majority takes all, but at this crucial moment of political crisis, she leads this country. Protesters have no constitutional right to dismantle her government and force her takes departure.
Discussion 8 : 22/01/2014 at 12:54 AM
Suthep is pathetic his support is dwindling day by day and his day of reckoning is nigh when the silent majority will vote on election day.
Discussion 9 : 22/01/2014 at 12:13 AM
"Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung will oversee the enforcement of the (emergency-)decree" So the power is given to the old faithful cronies. Seems the final confrontation is in the making. I am sure this time our still not beheaded Mr. Chalerm will do more than when he was in charge of the South but still nothing for the people.
Discussion 10 : 22/01/2014 at 12:03 AM
I suggest we should get rid of Yinluck and all the Thaksin cronies in the government who are leading this country into the abyss.
Discussion 11 : 21/01/2014 at 11:50 PM
Let's get rid of Suthep and arrest all the protest leaders including the Democrat Party. Put all of them in jail the country should be stable, I guarantee.

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