PDRC shut down some advance polls

Large numbers of anti-government protesters began to surround polling stations in some districts of Bangkok and southern provinces early Sunday, in an attempt to oppose the scheduled advance voting for the Feb 2 national election.

Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), called Saturday night for supporters to gather at 5am to prepare to move to close election stations in Bangkok’s districts.

As of 8am, election officials in several districts were unable to enter the polling stations, which were set up at locations such as schools, department stores and district offices. In some districts, showed up by 3.30am.

Protesters used chain to lock the entrances of some polling stations, such as Ban Bang Kapi School which is used as an election site for around 80,000 people registered for advance voting.

Shortly after 8am, some districts called off advance voting. These included locations in Pathumwan, Don Muang, Bang Bon and Dusit districts. 

Wang Thong Lang district was able to open the voting after 8am.

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Discussion 1 : 26/01/2014 at 04:36 PM
why prevent people to vote if PDRC doesn t reconize as"legal" the election and dems boycott it ..what ever will be the result PDRC will not agree with the result so let the people exercise their democratic rights and don t apply violence closing the offices ..this is far to be peaceful and democratic ... who is a dictator ???
Discussion 2 : 26/01/2014 at 02:34 PM
This is anarchy not Democracy, There is a difference being forcing your view or will on others Anarchy alooing others to voice there view by vote Democracy. You can't force change but you can influence change thru numbers. The will of the people. Some one needs to lead that has a brain, not these rich knuckleheads who only can buy or try to steal the position.
Discussion 3 : 26/01/2014 at 01:59 PM
Is this really what you want Thailand, a leader that's sends his thugs out to stop you from exercising your right to vote, Who is he to judge when you can vote or not?
Discussion 4 : 26/01/2014 at 11:40 AM
Maybe entities of the military want her and the fugitive gone?
Discussion 5 : 26/01/2014 at 11:38 AM
where is law and order, prevent people for voting..clear picture that this is so-called democracy by PDRC
Discussion 6 : 26/01/2014 at 11:37 AM
Now you see why she declared emergency decree. but what good is it when the military or police don't do their job
Discussion 7 : 26/01/2014 at 11:31 AM
Wow. These guys are really thugs. I think the authorities are scared that even reasonable measures by the police will create an opportunity to create the chaos and anarchy needed to justify a coup. I am obviously a foreigner by appearance, but still I got roughed up when I walked down (on the opposite side of the road) from the polling station of Thonglor: "you no vote". I couldn't vote if I wanted to. Suthep and his gang are desperate and I suspect this will get very nasty.
Discussion 8 : 26/01/2014 at 11:30 AM
The right to protest against a political group is one thing but the denial of another citizen’s right to vote is an extreme act against the state.
Discussion 9 : 26/01/2014 at 11:30 AM
Dream on they wont come out and do anything.
Discussion 10 : 26/01/2014 at 11:26 AM
Thai people should have the right to vote.
Discussion 11 : 26/01/2014 at 10:34 AM
Didn't the Caretaker Prime Minister instruct the military to defend the general election and ensure polling stations are able to operate smoothly, just a few days ago?
Discussion 12 : 26/01/2014 at 10:17 AM
Lock those criminals up and throw away the key.....have all the police gone on holiday....imagine what would happen if I tried a stunt like that?
Discussion 13 : 26/01/2014 at 10:16 AM
Preventing people from voting, I sincerely hope this is not part of Sutheps reform criteria. It is definitely not under any democratic policy.
Discussion 14 : 26/01/2014 at 10:16 AM
The move was announced by advance by PDRC. But the police did not take the preventive measures that would have easily prevented the blockade in many places, as the protesters were only some dozens. Maybe the government still thinks playing things down is wise. But why then have an emergency decree?
Discussion 15 : 26/01/2014 at 09:56 AM
Preventing people from voting. I wonder what they're afraid of? Losing, perhaps?
Discussion 16 : 26/01/2014 at 09:49 AM
This is deeply disturbing. The history of the last few hundred years has been the struggle for enfranchisement. What on Earth will Suthep say to Obama now?
Discussion 17 : 26/01/2014 at 09:47 AM
PDRC promised to don't disturb the polls... as it promised reforms. Poor Thailand.
Discussion 18 : 26/01/2014 at 09:42 AM
I just came back from the Bangkapi polling station. I counted 13 protesters at 8am, when they closed the polling place. By 9am, the numbers reached 30.
Discussion 19 : 26/01/2014 at 09:31 AM
So much for the promise to boycott but not hinder polling or infringe on people's voting rights. Already breaking promises doesnt bode well.
Discussion 20 : 26/01/2014 at 09:30 AM
It is unbelievable a country would not defend its people right to vote. In the USA trying to prevent a person from exercising their right to vote is serious crime which would always be protected and defended.... This is so very sad day for democracy in Thailand
Discussion 21 : 26/01/2014 at 09:25 AM
A disgrace to this country! Thailand is well and truly going down the tubes now.

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