Suthep blames Thaksin 'lackeys'

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Sunday night condemned the perpetrators of the deadly attacks at anti-government rally sites in Trat and Ratchaprasong intersection and accused "lackeys of the Thaksin regime" for the deaths of a woman, a five-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.

Mr Suthep said he was confident the attacks were carried out by people who were lackeys and servants of the Thaksin regime. He denied speculation that civilians opposed to the People's Democratic Reform Committee could have been behind the incidents.    

“They are so brutal that they can even murder a five year old. Neither incident could have been the work of any other groups, but were masterminded by the Thaksin regime in a bid to scare away protesters and make them go home. 

“They did it because they are cornered now. They cannot use police to disperse [PDRC protesters] legally,” Mr Suthep said in an address to supporters at the Pathumwan stage.  

“I don’t believe these were the acts of ordinary civilians who are unhappy with the PDRC. I don’t believe any fellow Thai citizens who still have humanity in them would do this.” 

Mr Suthep urged PDRC protesters to remain calm and not act maliciously towards the PDRC's rivals.  

“Although our people have been killed and injured, we must stay conscious, adhere to peaceful means, not respond with violence. We are going the right way with our non-violent protest movement. Let us carry on.”

Mr Suthep joined a night vigil held at the PDRC main protest stage to mourn the deaths in the two separate attacks before delivering his speech. Attending the event were PDRC co-leaders and protesters. 

The ex-Democrat MP announced that the PDRC would give the families of the protesters killed in violent incidents in Bangkok and other provinces one million baht each and would set up funds worth one million baht each for the education of the children of those killed.

He urged PDRC leaders in the provinces to avoid organising activities if they feel the venues to be used as rally sites were not safe, adding they could travel to Bangkok and join other protesters instead. 

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Discussion 1 : 24/02/2014 at 12:16 PM
Because it's his fault
Discussion 2 : 24/02/2014 at 09:59 AM
Did you ever think about that this is the whole point to make “emotionally unstable people all the more disturbed”?
Discussion 3 : 24/02/2014 at 09:23 AM
Suthep is the creator and trouble maker for Thailand since day one when he want to shutdown bangkok. Why blame Thaksin?
Discussion 4 : 24/02/2014 at 07:02 AM
Maybe it is time to cool the vitriolic rhetoric. Preaching hateful messages just make things worse by making emotionally unstable people all the more disturbed. Everyone should work to stop the violence, not flame antipathy on a daily basis.
Discussion 5 : 24/02/2014 at 06:53 AM
For anyone wanting to know the true meaning of hypocrite, read this article.
Discussion 6 : 24/02/2014 at 06:30 AM
Suthep is quick to blame when he is the reason.
Discussion 7 : 24/02/2014 at 06:26 AM
I believe this is all part of Suthep's plan. He knew full well there would be lots of violence. Anyone with a brain knows this. By blaming the Shinawatra clan he figures it will help get rid of Yingluck quicker. Notice how he blames them every time without an ounce of evidence. I believe he is correct by saying the end is near. I just don't think it will end the way he expects.
Discussion 8 : 24/02/2014 at 06:25 AM
Last week Suthep was arranging fistfights and inviting the red shirts to come to Bangkok and eat popcorn, a reference to the man shooting at people with the weapon under the corn bag. Now after these tragic incidents he blames Thaksin and claims to be peace loving. Suthep is as much responsible for these deaths as the perpetrators, whoever they are. He is a disgrace to Thailand.
Discussion 9 : 24/02/2014 at 06:05 AM
In this part of the world, there is no difference. Look at Myanmar...
Discussion 10 : 24/02/2014 at 05:08 AM
It is well known that the Red Shirts have a militant wing. This has to be these people behind the bombings. Ordinary citizens would not be bombing the protesters almost every day.
Discussion 11 : 24/02/2014 at 03:36 AM
May be Thaksin has his lackeys, but Suthep has really a lot of groupies and idolaters
Discussion 12 : 24/02/2014 at 03:20 AM
I love Thailand and will not give up but this coward Suthep who has no idea of a solution should go home quickly. It is urgently needed to get calm back on the streets.
Discussion 13 : 24/02/2014 at 01:58 AM
All empty speculation
Discussion 14 : 24/02/2014 at 01:55 AM
Of course, the killing of innocents were unacceptable by all. That shouldn't be happened. Unfortunately it took place unexpectedly. Before proper investigation was done, no one knew who had done it in such vile atrociousness of lives extermination. Whereas Suthep as protest leader did not take safety precaution to prevent such incident of atrocity to take place. He quickly put the blame on the govt. Should he be kind enough to take serious contemplation to allege accusation upon those actual killers before fingering at some others wrongly?
Discussion 15 : 24/02/2014 at 01:15 AM
Like his ego or hate his ego. I believe that he does believe in his cause & I would be very surprised if he is anything but honest in the accounting for money donated. I couldn't say the same about the other 'mob'. I was surprised to see one of the red leaders depositing 1 million baht in the GSB & it did cross my mind where the money came from.
Discussion 16 : 23/02/2014 at 11:52 PM
I notice allot of people giving money to suthep. I wonder how much he pockets. I know he isn't giving it all to the cause. His ego is getting bigger every day.
Discussion 17 : 23/02/2014 at 11:47 PM
If you stand between this government and their money you might find yourself dead.
Discussion 18 : 23/02/2014 at 11:21 PM
Had Suthep a shred of evidence that would help bring the perpetrators of this vile atrocity to justice, he might be worth listening to. Instead, we get the usual emotionally charged and inflammatory rhetoric: he is merely seeking cheap political point scoring from the dead. He has no shame. Whatever we might think of Yingluck, she at least had the decency, the common courtesy and respect for those most innocent and their devastated families who have paid such a high price for the ugly egos of too many self-styled "good" people, to abstain from such shamelessness.
Discussion 19 : 23/02/2014 at 11:10 PM
But Thailand is a Buddhist country, so how can this happen ? Or is it more a terroist country nowadays ?

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