PDRC targets Shinawatra interests

People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban has promised to escalate anti-government protests to attack all Shinawatra family business interests, particularly Advance Info Service (AIS) and SC Assets Corporation.

Mr Suthep made the announcement in a speech to supporters after he and PDRC core-members including Samdit Lertbut, Chumpol Julasai, Putthipong Punnakant, Akanat Prompan and Sakonthi Pattiyakul met for talks with Gen Apichart Saengrungruang, who is in charge of security at the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence.

A large number of PDRC protesters converged at the office, which is the temporary workplace of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. But the prime minister was nowhere to be seen at the office today.

Mr Suthep said he told Gen Apichart that the PDRC does not want Ms Yingluck to use the permanent secretary's office as her temporary workplace anymore because the government lacks the legitimacy to administer the country, particularly after using force against protesters at Phan Fah Bridge yesterday.

He said he also highlighted the government's mistakes, including problems with the rice-pledging scheme and nepotism in its appointment of government officials and asked Gen Apichart that the military stand on the side of the people.

"From now on we will escalate our protest to another level. If the government remains stubborn, we will attack businesses of the Shinawatra family. We will cut the pipelines to those businesses. Those who have invested in these businesses are advised to sell out their shares in them," Mr Suthep said.

He told people in Bangkok to call BlueSky television station if they happen to see Ms Yingluck, adding that the PDRC will go after her wherever she goes.

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Discussion 1 : 23/02/2014 at 11:35 AM
Thaksin sold his shares in AIS in 2006 to Temasek Holdings, when yellow shirts claimed Thaksin didn't pay capital gains taxes on it. Duh.
Discussion 2 : 20/02/2014 at 08:49 AM
by targeting the Shinawarta's family business only show's Suthep's grudges against the family instead of the government. It is totally uncalled for to attack the family.
Discussion 3 : 19/02/2014 at 07:59 PM
K. Suthep (PDRC) has now made it obvious to the world that this is not a protest against government corruption. It is a family feud and has been all along. He used the corruption card to gather followers to his side.
Discussion 4 : 19/02/2014 at 06:21 PM
When all is lost and desperation is all that remains, take the country down to Suthep's level. No value whatsoever. Arrest him, prosecute him, lock him away. Thailand will improve over time without clowns like Suthep.
Discussion 5 : 19/02/2014 at 04:47 PM
aw, come on, what´s about these childish games? Aside from the fact that AIS is no longer Thaksin business where does the boycott start and where does it end? Will the PRDCs stop eating rice because most farmers are PT supporters? Will the Shinawatra clan launch a counter attack and suggest that their loyalists stop drinking Singha and Leo beer?

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