Suthep: Decisive battle on Wednesday

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Monday night announced he will lead a "decisive battle" against the caretaker government on Wednesday.

Mr Suthep, People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary-general, called on people countrywide to gather in a massive rally in Bangkok on Wednesday to oust caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government.

Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) director Chalerm Yubamrung has announced the CMPO will reopen Government House on the same day for Ms Yingluck to work after over two months of shutdown because of the protests.

"It will be a large gathering of PDRC supporters," Mr Suthep told demonstrators at the Silom rally stage.

"We will fight together in a decisive battle." 

He did not explain the battle details.

Feb 19 is also the day when many farmers, disgruntled by the overdue payments from the government under the rice-pledging scheme, will gather in Bangkok and the Civil Court will rule whether the emergency decree imposed by the government is legitimate.

Mr Suthep said he will tomorrow lead protesters from Pathumwan intersection in a march toward Government House to further reinforce the blockade around Government House to prevent Ms Yingluck from getting in.

Another group of PDRC supporters, led by ex-Democrat Thaworn Senneam, will rally at the Interior Ministry to prevent any attempt by the CMPO to reclaim the rally site there.

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Discussion 1 : 18/02/2014 at 12:07 PM
Please Mr Suthep, another one of your decisive battles. Yingluck will still not resign, why should she be threatened. So can you, and your merry men,Give up, it's getting boring. Go home.
Discussion 2 : 18/02/2014 at 11:38 AM
How many times is this man going to cry wolf. he is a joke and his supporters are melting thank goodness
Discussion 3 : 18/02/2014 at 10:35 AM
It's just an excuse on Thaksin , the moral behind is Suthep was a selfish & personal agenda so called " hero " to his follows. What are the reason should PM bow to him ? International arena, Suthep is " thick skin " , street protesting is not Thai way. Vote it out . Poor Suthep follower........
Discussion 4 : 18/02/2014 at 10:29 AM
But wait. I thought the "decisive battle" was supposed to be last week? Or, was it three weeks? Two months ago? I've lost track.
Discussion 5 : 18/02/2014 at 09:56 AM
Your comment is interesting but I would rather think of Ms Yingluck playing Marie-Antoinette, who is supposed to have said "Let them eat cake" when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. It is like telling the rice farmers here 'You don't have any rice to eat, well eat sushi' !!!
Discussion 6 : 18/02/2014 at 09:35 AM
Thailand political landscape going thru a difficult period with a broad range of issue. Generally, both side are bad for the people and the country however is stuck with limited choices between two devils. The pick of the so called lesser evil is currently taking place now and likely again in the near future.
Discussion 7 : 18/02/2014 at 09:25 AM
Could someone hand a definition for the word "decisive" because it's pretty obvious he isn't using correctly. Indecisive would be more suitable as he can't seem to decide on which of the events will actually topple the government.
Discussion 8 : 18/02/2014 at 08:56 AM
soon ….then all the YS fan boys can disappear again
Discussion 9 : 18/02/2014 at 08:55 AM
It's to bad the Post did not use this for the tidal of this article !
Discussion 10 : 18/02/2014 at 08:46 AM
Thaksin's is just as guilty of feudalism as the un-named elites you refer to. The only difference, he is new money, they are supposedly old money. The new elite feign concern for grassroots, just long enough to wrest power away from them and then turn their backs. You red brethren are simply fighting to replace one elite with another elite, same same but different.
Discussion 11 : 18/02/2014 at 08:38 AM
Suthep is like Harold Egbert Camping . He constantly predicted the end of the world and was wrong on every occasion. Suthep must have a thick skin and should be regarded a fool in any thinking mans eyes as he is wrong every time. The more worrying thing is that people still rally to his futile and anarchical call.
Discussion 12 : 18/02/2014 at 07:05 AM
I fail to see how this situation can be resolved when democracy here is a lie,corruption is rife and the people act in childish,puerile and immature ways.
Discussion 13 : 18/02/2014 at 06:53 AM
"Broadly defined, it (feudalism) was a system for structuring society around relationships derived from the holding of land in exchange for service or labour." (Wikipedia) - Isn't that what life is still all about today? Be it the good ol' 'salt of the earth' grassroots folks in countryside or the more (so thought as) sophisticated city folks? Don't kid yourself, the elite always enjoy the good life at everyone elses' expense.
Discussion 14 : 18/02/2014 at 06:21 AM
Please, please, please, just arrest this nutter
Discussion 15 : 18/02/2014 at 06:20 AM
This Suthep must be uprooted after crackdown on all the PDRC protests.
Discussion 16 : 18/02/2014 at 05:54 AM
This protest is no longer about Thaksin regime. It's about democracy vs. democracy Thai style with military back up. It's the feudalism vs. grass root people. If Suthep wins this round we will see the French revolution in Thailand within 5-10 years.
Discussion 17 : 18/02/2014 at 05:28 AM
Can anyone count how many decisive actions have been promised by this lunatic?
Discussion 18 : 18/02/2014 at 05:21 AM
How many "decisive battles" does this guy have to do before he goes home and gets a real job like the rest of us.
Discussion 19 : 18/02/2014 at 05:16 AM
Suthep is like a bottle of soda that has been opened too long. There is no more fizzle left. People hear of his "final battle", "decisive battle", every week. Why join him on Wednesday, when next week will be another "decisive battle"? It is seriously getting boring. Time for Suthep and Abhisit to walk the talk, and turn themselves in to the police if they really want to prove that they do not need an amnesty.
Discussion 20 : 18/02/2014 at 03:46 AM
Better wait till April, Songkran, and fight it out with happy children! And Thai-style....smiling, amazing. What do you think?
Discussion 21 : 18/02/2014 at 02:02 AM
Germany loves you dear anti mafia protesters! Keep going!
Discussion 22 : 18/02/2014 at 01:45 AM
how many more last battles?
Discussion 23 : 18/02/2014 at 01:10 AM
Another final decisive battle by K. Suthep and his flock. Perhaps decisive means something different in the Thai language. We've heard this many times from Suthep and will probably hear more since nothing he does is decisive or final. from iPhone application.
Discussion 24 : 17/02/2014 at 11:10 PM
Without the support of 3rd force, protest won't succeed. Many have sympathized with the caretaker govt. UDD still has sufficient power to put PTP into apex office to rule. Not much people would understand what the protesting fundamental agenda. Could a protest have a right to topple people's govt?

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