Suthep asks top brass to shield protesters

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Sunday night appealed to military leaders to provide safety for demonstrators after a protester was killed by gunshots at a polling booth in eastern Bangkok.

‘’I appeal to all three armed forces leaders to come out and protect innocent people who fight (against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra) with their hands,’’ the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader told the crowd at the Pathumwan stage.

“We don’t want them to seize power or stage a coup. We only need their security protection as we have lost trust in the police,’’ he added.

The crowd then started chanting ‘’Military come out, military come out’’ as Mr Suthep made a call after Suthin Tharathin, a leader of the People’s Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism, and 10 others were shot by gunshots emanating from a group of red shirts. Suthin was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

He was the fourth protester to die after the PDRC began its campaign to uproot the Thaksin regime, oust Ms Yingluck and embark on reform before a new election is held.

Suthin and the others were shot as they were leaving a polling station at Wat Sri Iam in the Bang Na area after having forced it to close.

The protest leader urged protesters to continue their peaceful rallies without arms instead of resorting to violence, as tension was escalating after the fatal incident.

“We have to adhere to this principle,’’ he said and urged either Ms Yingluck or police to take full responsibility for the shooting.

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Discussion 1 : 27/01/2014 at 09:34 AM
Hard to protect against what comes from within
Discussion 2 : 27/01/2014 at 05:14 AM
The best protection for the demonstrators would be if they were all to go home. I can't see that it is the job of the military to protect them now that they are obstructing the electorate from voting.
Discussion 3 : 27/01/2014 at 03:49 AM
Politics at it's ugliest. A once peaceful nation, Thailand has become so enthralled in materialism, that money and power are all that matter any more. Forget human life, forget religion, money and power have driven a once peaceful and beautiful loving nation in a corrupt cesspool of greed and crime. Nothing and no one is exempt from the selfish thirst for greed, corruption and power.
Discussion 4 : 27/01/2014 at 03:03 AM
And where is the voice of Thaksin? Where is any remark of him in "skype-audience" ? Poor little sister. What shall you do? The frustration of the ricefarmers is going higher and higher ,the stock is getting fuller and fuller.And the expresstrain from here to someones pocket is obviously unstoppable.Who pays for corruption? Not the clan. It will come to a kind of french revolution. And without giving school-children a tablet.(hopefully the wasted money comes back to an more educated youth) a more adult upbringing would do better
Discussion 5 : 27/01/2014 at 02:49 AM
No, the only ones responsible are they because they started this mess and that is what they got, you cant hold half of Bangkok and the south of Thailand hostage without getting something in return.
Discussion 6 : 27/01/2014 at 01:34 AM
Suthep sure has some nerve, he can stop people voting, stop them from travelling in Bangkok,close down state buildings, and he wants protection. What a joke..
Discussion 7 : 27/01/2014 at 01:30 AM
How about government's responsibility or onus...without government's justified role as well as appropriate, logical and timely action, how can we expect a better tomorrow?
Discussion 8 : 26/01/2014 at 11:43 PM
My thoughts goes to all the families that have lost their loved ones, all this years in this kind of demonstration. The crowd will disperse and go home One day.. But those died will not come back. We are all responsible and accountable for our actions. And . Only god knows how many more are going to die. It's onus to the organizers and protest leaders to make wise decision for a better tomorrow. Before its too late....

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