Chiang Mai reds offer to host govt

The caretaker government could use Chiang Mai as its temporary base if People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters continue to block its work in Bangkok, red-shirt leaders in the province said on Wednesday.

Krissanapong Prombuengram, core leader of Rak Chiang Mai (Love Chiang Mai) 51 and chairman of the Lanna Red-Shirt People, said government supporters in the North will closely monitor the situation in Bangkok.

If the military attempts to seize power from the elected government of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, red shirts in the Lanna region would immediately move against any military-appointed administration, he said.

Red shirts would soon rally in support of the government in Chiang Mai to counter anti-government protests in the capital by the PDRC, he added.

If the caretaker government was unable to perform its duties due to obstructions by PDRC protesters and some groups of rice farmers, Ms Yingluck and her cabinet could continue running the country from Chiang Mai, Mr Krissanapong said.

Chiang Mai also has a government complex, international exhibition centre and other facilities ready to serve the needs of cabinet meetings and other functions of the government, he said.

Local red-shirts were also ready to coordinate with police to ensure the safety of all cabinet ministers, he said, insisting that no anti-government group would be able to disrupt the work of the government in Chiang Mai.

Petcharawat Wattanapongsiri, an adviser to the social development and human security minister and a Lanna red shirt co-leader, agreed that the caretaker government could use Chiang Mai as its command centre.

Red shirts in the area were capable of providing 5,000-6,000 security guards daily to ensure protection for all cabinet members, he said.

Mr Petcharawat said anti-government groups have the constitutional right to protest, but their activities must be in line with the law.

Apichart Inson, a co-leader of the Chiang Mai and Lamphun Independent Red Shirt group, said his members were ready to support the democratic government.

If any anti-government protest takes place in Chiang Mai and creates hardship for local people, the red shirts would immediately move in to dismantle the rally stage and stop the unlawful action, Mr Apichart said.

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Discussion 1 : 19/02/2014 at 11:00 PM
"Red shirts in the area were capable of providing 5,000-6,000 security guards daily to ensure protection for all cabinet members"." he said, insisting that no anti-government group would be able to disrupt the work of the government in Chiang Mai ".Real democracy at work...nobody has the right to protest...everyone should do as they are told to do without any question...so much for being in line with the LAW.
Discussion 2 : 19/02/2014 at 10:30 PM
For all the supporters of this attempted coup you will reap what you sow
Discussion 3 : 19/02/2014 at 08:09 PM
Atleast the farmers in the north don't have to travel that far to get a piece of YS and her gang
Discussion 4 : 19/02/2014 at 07:45 PM
Better take some pictures of the Chiangmai red village as souvenirs because the new reformed government is not going to be so kind to preserve it. Everything would be demolished for good.
Discussion 5 : 19/02/2014 at 07:42 PM
How about if the reds also conduct their actions in line with the law. Looking at what this guy considers as lawful actions by him + his mob the protesters are very much in line with the law.
Discussion 6 : 19/02/2014 at 06:39 PM
Oh boys in red, in a couple of weeks all the Phuea Thai MPs and Yingluck will get a sentence for corruption. No need for moving the government.When a new election is done (free of corruption and free of interference of the red mob in North and Isan) I am sure the red villages will be past and real democracy can start.
Discussion 7 : 19/02/2014 at 06:27 PM
It is unlawful protest and create hardship for local people in Chiang Mai.
Discussion 8 : 19/02/2014 at 05:44 PM
Great... Let's destroy chiang mai as well .... Idiots !!! from iPhone application.
Discussion 9 : 19/02/2014 at 05:22 PM
So the Red Shirts run Chiang Mai, not the police? Seems any one who wants to grab or abuse power can do so freely at the moment.

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