UDD targets PDRC, independent agencies

The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) is changing its strategy after considering the current political situation and will zero in on the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), independent agencies, the judicial system and any plan to use the armed forces for a direct or indirect coup.

The new plans were announced by UDD chair Tida Tawornseth at the "war drum" meeting held at the Liptapanlop Hall in the Chalerm Phra Kiat Sports Stadium in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima province on Sunday.

The meeting was attended by about 4,000 leading UDD members from around the country.

"Unlike the last meeting when we focused on fighting against a military coup, we now see the situation has changed. The ammart, or aristocratic elite, are trampling on democracy-loving people. We have to revise our strategies," Mrs Tida said in her opening speech.  

She said the UDD previously adhered to a two-prong strategy of working within the House of Representatives and outside of it. 

"Since the House of Representatives is temporarily not functioning, we have to review our strategy. We will have to fight with two main 'legs'. The red shirts will form one leg and democracy-loving people the other," Mrs Tida said.

The UDD chair announced that the UDD's four main targets will be the PDRC led by Suthep Thaugsuban, the "fraudulent independent agencies of the aristocratic elite", the judicial system, which is marred by injustice, and the use of the armed forces for a coup.

She called on UDD leaders to unite and exchange opinions and provide suggestions on ways of advancing the struggle.

"We will continue to fight so that our long struggle will not be in vain. We have been fighting for eight years in a democratic movement. Today, we can't afford to yield to hooliganism. We have to try to win the hearts of the non-red shirts. We have to fight with rationale because we don't want to suffer any more losses. We will fight until victory," Mrs Tida said.

Red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan said the fight to come would be much more difficult than the previous ones. It was necessary for all red shirts to think of how to get rid of Mr Suthep and those who were standing behind him.

"If we, the red shirts, do not come out, this government and democratic rule will be completely brought down by March," he said.

Mr Jatuporn said the problem facing the UDD was not only Mr Suthep, but also the network of ammart or aristocratic elites - the same group of people behind the Sept 19, 2006 coup and the 2010 political violence.

"From today we will have to fight until victory. We have two choices - to win or get killed. We have to teach Suthep a lesson for challenging the UDD," he said.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 24/02/2014 at 11:57 AM
PDRC to use weapon ? Kill your own people ? No way to talk ? Do you think Thaksin will suffer ? Anyone against PDRC have to die ? That is democracy ?
Discussion 2 : 24/02/2014 at 11:15 AM
The UDD is forced to support PTP; since no other party offers any hope for popular democracy at this time. Hopefully it will become more independent of the PTP in the future and develop its own political party to provide the average Thai an alternative to PTP. It should be remembered that the UDD rejected the controversial amnesty bill. The civil court decision whereby the aggressive activities of the anti-democracy crowd were deemed peaceful was clearly improper. I suspect the UDD may now mirror PDRC activity with the intention of exposing any institutional bias; should it not receive the same protection as PDRC. The courts, military and E
Discussion 3 : 24/02/2014 at 01:17 AM
Is it going to be war drums, or just a bell tolling for thee? To win or get killed? Most likely the second scenario.
Discussion 4 : 23/02/2014 at 10:39 PM
These guys are afraid "red leaders at all levels" of losing the empowerment by the PTP. It's a shame that power is more important than being stabbed in the back on the amnesty bill and their rice farmers nor getting paid. Once the PTP is gone they will disappear like dust in the wind and the northern people can return to life without fear.
Discussion 5 : 23/02/2014 at 09:43 PM
I agree with you; so few dislikes for articles on the rice scheme, and suddenly, for other articles the dislikes jump up like crazy... For sure, some people are hired to manipulate the numbers but apparently the same guy or guys seem illiterate because they never leave a comment...
Discussion 6 : 23/02/2014 at 09:37 PM
Mrs Tida said ' We have to try to win the hearts of the non-red shirts' Well, Mrs Tida, go on dreaming... You better try hard not to lose the heart of some of the red shirts, especially the rice farmers!!!
Discussion 7 : 23/02/2014 at 08:18 PM
Well it is becoming quite clear through both their words and actions (bombing and shooting of innocent protesters) that the UDD/PTP will not step down without dragging Thailand into a bloody civil war. I hope the generals are paying attention and warming up the tanks to deal with these terrorists.
Discussion 8 : 23/02/2014 at 06:11 PM
The UDD chair announced that the UDD's four main targets will be the PDRC led by Suthep Thaugsuban, the "fraudulent independent agencies of the aristocratic elite", the judicial system, which is marred by injustice, and the use of the armed forces for a coup. Four main targets......targeting the use of the armed forces for a coup. The armed forces have stayed out of it and now you will target it. Her words not mine. You only seem to have a problem with this but everyone else statements of not condoning what the UDD is doing is okay to you. You need to read the article..
Discussion 9 : 23/02/2014 at 04:51 PM
"We will have to fight with two main 'legs'. The red shirts will form one leg and democracy-loving people the other," Mrs Tida said." - from above. You may be hopping then or perhaps need crutches.
Discussion 10 : 23/02/2014 at 04:43 PM
Sounds like Suthep, eh?
Discussion 11 : 23/02/2014 at 04:28 PM
It is always amazing how many likes the war drumming red-shirts get – at least in some articles. It is even more amazing that these likes and dislikes don’t correlate at all with the many other articles. Is it possible that someone hires people to click like or dislike just to confuse the international audience? Just in case someone is really confused: Please look at many articles and see what most BP readers think about the red-shirts. That gives you a better picture about how many people support these extremists.
Discussion 12 : 23/02/2014 at 04:16 PM
Yes fight to keep your the UDD & Thaksin Elite on the trough feeding on the misery and poverty of farmers. Fake to the max.
Discussion 13 : 23/02/2014 at 03:56 PM
Reading the rhetoric of the opposite side is as if PDRC supporters were looking in a mirror and became aware of the ugliness of the face they can see. The problem is that they are still in a state of denial.
Discussion 14 : 23/02/2014 at 03:55 PM
Since when does Tida really understand anything about democracy? :)
Discussion 15 : 23/02/2014 at 03:47 PM
If a majority of voters doesn't' support the election in its current form as you pretend, it will be very easy for the people who have the project to change the system to get a people's mandate. In the other case, to pretend to make speaking the people who dint' vote has no validity, is irrelevant in any democratic process and belongs to nothing else that speculation and political manipulation as it lowest level.
Discussion 16 : 23/02/2014 at 03:36 PM
They just named everyone not outspokenly pro-UDD. Just because independent agencies are against you doesn't mean they're fraudulent. Its attitudes like these (on both sides of the table) that keep this thing from ending. Like 2 petulant children, someone needs to come along and spank both sides and have them compromise.
Discussion 17 : 23/02/2014 at 03:32 PM
Will more children will be murdered? Will the daughters of an Army General be kidnapped and killed? Will the Judicial system be targeted, and Judges be murdered? Is this Zimbabwe?
Discussion 18 : 23/02/2014 at 03:25 PM
UDD may be hopping around on one leg. "Democracy loving people" does not necessarily equal government, red shirt, or Thaksin supporters.
Discussion 19 : 23/02/2014 at 03:24 PM
Puppa, you need to read the article and no need to obfuscate . The red shirts will confront Suthep and the corrupt judiciary , Amatayas and big business.
Discussion 20 : 23/02/2014 at 03:08 PM
Interesting they mention the independent agencies and the judicial system as part of their attack. In fact anyone that disagrees with the PTP or has offered constructive advice they want to "zero in on". What does "zero in on" mean? Kidnap the judges as they have threatened before? So the institutions that uphold the rule of law will be taken down unlawfully simple for making judgements on parties the UDD don't agree with? Should corruption be legalized in Thailand then? If there is proof and YS is found guilty of corruption we will "zero in on you"? If you protest against the PTP we will "zero in on you". Good luck with your democracy.
Discussion 21 : 23/02/2014 at 03:08 PM
Interesting they mention the independent agencies and the judicial system as part of their attack. In fact anyone that disagrees with the PTP or has offered constructive advice they want to "zero in on". What does "zero in on" mean? Kidnap the judges as they have threatened before? So the institutions that uphold the rule of law will be taken down unlawfully simple for making judgements on parties the UDD don't agree with? Should corruption be legalized in Thailand then? If there is proof and YS is found guilty of corruption we will "zero in on you"? If you protest against the PTP we will "zero in on you". Good luck with your democracy.
Discussion 22 : 23/02/2014 at 03:06 PM
No matter how, justice to this little girl must be given full!
Discussion 23 : 23/02/2014 at 03:05 PM
Jatuporn, you don't really have a slight clue of what is democracy. Democracy is not storming into hospital or burning buildings.
Discussion 24 : 23/02/2014 at 03:05 PM
I understand that the UDD is anti-PDRC. But they also want to fight “independent agencies [and] the judicial system” and they call themselves democracy-loving people. These are the worst kind of hypocrites. Some of their leaders are accused terrorist and out on bail. When will they be arrested and jailed? Suthep is not exactly the white knight in shining armor but compared to Jatuporn, Nattawut and others he is a choirboy.
Discussion 25 : 23/02/2014 at 03:00 PM
"We have to teach Suthep a lesson for challenging the UDD..." Mr Chalerm, is this illegal by giving this personal safety threat?
Discussion 26 : 23/02/2014 at 02:56 PM
The UDD is NOT changing its strategy. The machine gun and grenade attack on innocent people in Trat last night that saw children murdered and wounded is clear evidence of that.
Discussion 27 : 23/02/2014 at 02:33 PM
All this because of 1 Power hungry maniac And that is Thaksin, Does you ever hear The PM condem the killings? Last night was a 5 year old girl who was killed when she played in a market stoll in Trat. You must be proud PTP! Shameless Goverment!
Discussion 28 : 23/02/2014 at 02:24 PM
What happened to the millions of red shirts we were promised yesterday, are they busy?
Discussion 29 : 23/02/2014 at 02:14 PM
You can start by finding a smarter leader who isnt self deluded by d'democracy' propaganda. The trouble with the UDD is they regard any arresting of Peua thai's political bulldozer to be an affront to 'democracy loving people'. They aren't quite sure themselves what exactly democracy is. In the last election only a minority of the country supported it in ots current form.
Discussion 30 : 23/02/2014 at 02:11 PM
Nice work !! You have just threatened peaceful protesters and the military. UDD supporters of the PT government finally will get the military to support the innocent people. I do not want to see any more violence but attack the military and you will get what you want. A deposed PT government again and they will not make the same mistake again. The military has been very reserved in staying out of this. Kick a sleeping lion and you will get eaten. So sad for everyone.
Discussion 31 : 23/02/2014 at 01:58 PM
i agree with mr jatuporn for fight life or death against suthep
Discussion 32 : 23/02/2014 at 01:48 PM
To win or get killed...just wow
Discussion 33 : 23/02/2014 at 01:46 PM
I can scarcely believe that Thailand is just going to implode before our very eyes, with apparently able or willing to pull the warring parties back from the brink of the apocalypse. I just can't believe it.

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