From 'shutdown' to 'paralysis'

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Wednesday announced protest marches for three consecutive days that will paralyse Bangkok and turn it into one big “walking street and picnic ground” for Sunday’s general election. The marches start tomorrow.

He made the announcement while addressing supporters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on Wednesday evening. 

“We will make all the roads in Bangkok 'walking streets', picnic streets, and we will eat in the middle of the road,” Mr Suthep told supporters at Pathumwan intersection.  

The PDRC and its allies will hold “massive protest marches” along several major roads throughout election day. He claimed the marches were not intended to obstruct the election, but only to express the protesters’ opposition to it. 

Mr Suthep believed the Feb 2 poll would be nullified by the court later as voting could not be held in some provinces and constituencies.

He said voters who do not exercise their right to vote on Sunday need not worry about the legal consequences as the poll will eventually be declared null and void.

The PDRC will march from On Nut along Sukhumvit to Asok on Thursday to invite Bangkokians to join the Sunday anti-election mass demonstrations and oust caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet.

On Jan 31, the protesters will demonstrate on Lat Phrao and Ratchada roads and will visit Yaowarat and Silom areas on Feb 1, Mr Suthep said. 

He called on City Hall officials to close all 50 Bangkok district offices and join the PDRC protests from Thursday to Sunday. 

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Discussion 1 : 30/01/2014 at 02:39 PM
Suthep should wear green and head for the forest. He is a disgrace to all.
Discussion 2 : 30/01/2014 at 01:18 PM
that's not patience...just waiting for the order from Dubai...after all they don't have any brains what to do because of their false identities....trying to rule the country without ethics...what they've done is pulling the country down the drains to a level of a third world...
Discussion 3 : 30/01/2014 at 11:21 AM
PTP faces a ban anyway.
Discussion 4 : 30/01/2014 at 11:15 AM
Good luck paralysing the 1,500 square kilometres of Bangkok, suthep. Think you will need to bring a few more buses from the south! Every street into a walking street? You would need the entire population of the country to acheive that, I think you are just a little short on numbers to acheive this also. Best just turn yourself in and let the country move on.
Discussion 5 : 30/01/2014 at 10:58 AM
I hope the rainy starts soon and with heavy heavy rains in Bangkok. Like in 2012 those luxury middle class protesters will be afraid to get wet and will go home immediately.
Discussion 6 : 30/01/2014 at 10:09 AM
So, if the Democrat Party feels that it does not have any chance of winning an election, instead of working harder and finding ways to win support, it should just throw a tantrum and boycott the election in order to frustrate the democratic process? Also, a better alternative to the democratic process is to allow a small group of people, appointed by a small group of citizens, to form the government for the masses? That is democracy?
Discussion 7 : 30/01/2014 at 07:48 AM
Whats the point of holding an election when its a one party race…… welcome to Cambodia!
Discussion 8 : 30/01/2014 at 07:45 AM
Remember the people's court, well it is about to give it's verdict on the 2nd. If it dosen't matter if supporters vote or not then why bother trying to block it. It's not intented to obstruct the election but we will block you from voting. Nothing makes sense from this protest now. Just hiding in the crowd to keep from having to face jail time. Better to do like the redshirts and call it off then go turn yourselves in for a year in jail with no bail.
Discussion 9 : 30/01/2014 at 06:03 AM
If what he said was true, why are all Dem MPs planning to vote to ensure they don't disqualify themselves?
Discussion 10 : 30/01/2014 at 05:14 AM
Agreed with Manaswee.
Discussion 11 : 30/01/2014 at 04:47 AM
Paralysing bangkok alone is not enough to achieve Suthep's plot to overthrow the government. Unfortunately the nationwide PDRC movement has proved to be a failure.
Discussion 12 : 30/01/2014 at 03:11 AM
and I marvel too, at the great indecision you misinterpret as patience.
Discussion 13 : 30/01/2014 at 02:18 AM
By the time general election is complete, all parties concerned will know the will of of the vocal majority. Whatever Suthep, Yingluck or Thaksin has to say is irrelevant. If I remember correctly, the caretaker prime minister even suggested national referendum which is polling by another term. It clearly shows from her many past offers that she is ready to go once the people have so spoken. If Mr. Suthep is patient enough, all should go well. Talking about corruption, it has been in existence no matter whose watch the country is under.
Discussion 14 : 30/01/2014 at 01:54 AM
yes you are right - and he has more - he has the prove that you can do it! He has brought down the last elected Democrat government - ignored the law all his life and has never seen a prison from the inside!
Discussion 15 : 30/01/2014 at 01:08 AM
Does Suthep's PDRC really exist or just a ghost form of committee? If it's real, who are among his supposed to be "committee" he never introduced to the public. Does he really have one? Not once PDRC laid out their "reform" agenda. Unlike the network of reform by Thirayuth Boonme. Suthep spends his days terrorizing Bangkok and not a day working toward reform as he originally said. How come his supporters don't question him?
Discussion 16 : 30/01/2014 at 12:30 AM
Paralyze Bangkok and turn it into "one big street and picnic ground" Wow, how creative! The move will not solve anything other than causing more hardship and posing more nuisance for the commuting public, Tourists are gone.Thai Baht is weak. Businesses along the rally routes are suffering. Problem is, he doesn't hear the public outcry but his own blunt, uncompromising voice!
Discussion 17 : 30/01/2014 at 12:08 AM
I definitely want an election to take place as soon as possible because now that the Thai people are actually becoming aware of all the corruption, Killing, fraud and scams the current government and the Thaksin family have committed, even their own Farmers who basically make sure they win are committing suicide because they haven't been paid in 6 months, Next election this regime will be wiped out by their own people, all these shutdowns and Sutheps and everybody else would be irrelevant, a people's revolution is coming but from somewhere we least expect it, from within their own heartland !
Discussion 18 : 29/01/2014 at 11:32 PM
I marvel at the great patience of the government and the PM.
Discussion 19 : 29/01/2014 at 10:53 PM
Well the shutdown has been something of an inconvenience for some people but it has singularly failed to achieve its objective. I expect the threat of paralysis will be a similar damp squibb.
Discussion 20 : 29/01/2014 at 10:51 PM
"He said voters who do not exercise their right to vote on Sunday need not worry about the legal consequences as the poll will eventually be declared null and void." This is typical of his overall attitude: "Ignore the law... follow me... I am right... everyone who disagrees with me is wrong... etc." It's sad to see so many people buying this...

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