NSC: PDRC won't last until Songkran

The People's Democratic Reform Committee's announcement of continuing its protest until the Songkran Festival in April is only a psychological attempt to boost the waning morale of the protesters, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut said on Sunday.

Lt Gen Paradorn said the government must explain to the protesters that it is illegal for them to join the PDRC's protest.

He said the "feed" pipeline to the PDRC is at a trickle after being blocked by the authorities. Capital groups which support the PDRC have also been affected by the fact that the rally sites are in their own business areas.

It was believed the PDRC's pipeline would be completely blocked before Songkran, he added.

The NSC chief said the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) had summoned executives of the Dusit Thani Hotel and Intercontinental Hotel in Bangkok for questioning on Feb 11 over providing accommodation for PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

It was believed that after being questioned, the businesses would no long do anything to break the law, he said.

On the launching of M79 rounds at the PDRC's Chaeng Wattana stage on Feb 6 and Feb 8, Lt Gen Paradorn said it was quite obvious that the attacks were the work of a third-hand party who might have been affected by the protest led by Luang Pu Buddha Issara, who is now wanted under an arrest warrant.

He believed the Chaeng Wattana rally site would eventually be disbanded because it was prone to untoward incidents and the people wanted the government offices complex to reopen for public services.

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Discussion 1 : 10/02/2014 at 11:47 AM
talking is still more civilised than giving the order to kill innocent protesters
Discussion 2 : 10/02/2014 at 05:32 AM
They are a spent force go home and rebuild democracy
Discussion 3 : 09/02/2014 at 07:31 PM
Probably time to drop the "reds" from the comments as an insult to the government as it appears most of the redshirt supporters (rice farmers) have seen the light and are turning on the government as well. Welcome aboard. It's only the hardcore militant, win-at-all-costs redshirts that are left lobbing grenades and offering up excuses for this inept government.
Discussion 4 : 09/02/2014 at 06:15 PM
I do not recall such unlawful intimidation tactics by the Abhissit administration when the red thug leadership were taking up suites in 5 star hotels....with financial support from a fugitive from Thai justice..... It is called " double standards" is it not reds????
Discussion 5 : 09/02/2014 at 05:32 PM
that's why Thailand needs reform, too many spokesman, too many wannabe authoritarians , give the country back to the people, they deserve better
Discussion 6 : 09/02/2014 at 05:26 PM
True. They are in fear of loosing the rice farmers vote and without that they are gone.
Discussion 7 : 09/02/2014 at 05:21 PM
Would he like to put money on it
Discussion 8 : 09/02/2014 at 05:17 PM
This is going nowhere anyway so better to just allow an election and work through the democratic process. Fix the current flawed system and move on.
Discussion 9 : 09/02/2014 at 04:55 PM
SC: PDRC won't last until Songkran PDRC - Challenge accepted!
Discussion 10 : 09/02/2014 at 04:49 PM
Well, in a way, Paradorn is right. It won't last until Songkran as the governement will be impeached for corruption well before.
Discussion 11 : 09/02/2014 at 04:29 PM
Maybe the NSC is contemplating a friendly ‘warning’ to all those who wrote in this post for speaking up against corruption, government mismanagement and cronyism. “I was born in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow the truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way”. – Thomas Jefferson.
Discussion 12 : 09/02/2014 at 04:03 PM
Maybe He should better say this government would not last until Songkran.Intimidation will always encourage people to join and support the rally financially. The rally is not only been supported by big business but also people that will spend all their life on it. The government is creating more enemy for herself everyday. The best thing for this government and the whole Dubai cronies should do is to resign. No matter how long lies goes,truth will always catch up with it in a matter of time
Discussion 13 : 09/02/2014 at 04:00 PM
in short the NSC chief threatens everybody who is against this government. "after talking they will no longer ..." Thanks for showing your dictatorial behavior.

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