Suthep: Our fight will go on

The People's Democratic Reform Committee will continue to protest against the government and push for national reform, PDRC secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban said on Monday.

"We want reform first, after the 20% voter turnout yesterday [in Bangkok area] - the lowest turnout for a general election in Thai history," Mr Sutep told anti-government protesters while marching to the Lumpini protest site.

Some candidates in the Northeast had influenced voters. In the southern provinces, it was up to the people to decide if they would vote, he said.

The former Democrat Party MP said the PDRC had decided to move its demonstrators at Lat Phrao and Victory Monument stages to Lumpini for safety reasons.

"Our evaluation is the caretaker government will use more violent measures against demonstrators at Lat Phrao and Victory Monument stages [if we stay there]," Mr Suthep said. "We don't want to see people getting hurt, but we have to continue the fight."

He said the protesters will continue to close down state offices and they will not be allowed to reopen until the caretaker government steps down to pave way for national reform.

PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan, who is a stepson of Mr Suthep, said that in addition to the low 20% voter turnout in Bangkok, many ballot papers were defaced by people who wanted to express their opposition to the election.

"If you add up the total number of votes for the Pheu Thai Party, it's still less than the number of votes for Pheu Thai's Bangkok governor candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen," Mr Akanat said.

The Feb 2 polls would likely become null and void and the only solution to the political problem is for the government to resign, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 04/02/2014 at 12:05 PM
I am going to turn off all updates i have had enough , they cannot vote so just bring in the military unfortunately will is a money hurry world we live in now
Discussion 2 : 03/02/2014 at 04:56 PM
If blocking government workers, preventing voting & threatening the PM's residence is not a crime worthy of arrest in Thailand, "What is???"
Discussion 3 : 03/02/2014 at 04:28 PM
Arnon you should try reading the paper, the story on voter turnout says overall only 45% of Thais turned out to vote. Even in hard core red shirt land voter turnout was 70% or less.
Discussion 4 : 03/02/2014 at 04:10 PM
Loss of face is a big NO NO in Asia. That's what Suthep and his cronies are trying to do is saving face. He knows he's lost and lost big. The amount of supporters are getting smaller and smaller. That's why they moved to Lumpini park because the other sites just don't have enough supporters to stage demonstration anymore. Citing the security reason is just an embarrassing excuse.
Discussion 5 : 03/02/2014 at 03:57 PM
It seems Mr. Suthep suffered a loss of reality by continuing his rampage. NOBODY have the right to impinge in a permanent and penetrating manner the legal order. The legal order is a democratic one and it is highest time to shut down all antidemocratic forces - with might and main. The place for discussions and compromise is within the legal democratic order, anyway of which kind this is, may it be a green or white, a pink or blue one. I know their problem very well: the old elite never want to bow to the majority - they will learn it or they are a dying breed. Our democracy acquires adulthood: vox populi instead of suppression.
Discussion 6 : 03/02/2014 at 03:53 PM
Less and less in the collection sack of Suthep, so how long before the savings of his middle age ladies running empty?
Discussion 7 : 03/02/2014 at 03:00 PM
Pity there is so much speculation on what the numbers mean. If his goons had stood as a party instead of intimidating voters, perhaps we could read something into them. As it is now, the PDRC just disgraced themselves as did the army and police for not rounding them up. Much as the Police have to leave PDRC alone or the army coup, if they went in now and cracked heads. they have most of the nation behind them. Suthep. Pathetic man, pathetic org. and pathetic fawning media fawning after him.
Discussion 8 : 03/02/2014 at 02:57 PM
They should stop at the lies, even the mobs try to block the polling stations, more than 80% vote have been casted. A amazing victory for Democracy and a huge defeat for PDRC.
Discussion 9 : 03/02/2014 at 02:42 PM
How about fighting for the farmers to get the money they were promised? And now, regardless of which government is in power??

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