Yingluck 'harassed' in Saraburi

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra was harassed by People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) supporters while visiting the One Tambon, One Product (OTOP) complex at tambon Phu Khae in Saraburi province on Monday, reports said.

The pair arrived at the complex in a Bangkok-registered pick-up truck and used loud speakers to repeatedly ask the premier why she was in Saraburi instead of working in Bangkok. 

They wanted to know why Ms Yingluck was there on "holiday" while people continue to be killed in protest violence on the streets of the capital.

Another eight PDRC protesters meanwhile arrived at the scene and blew whistles, demanding that Ms Yingluck come out and talk to them since they are taxpayers.

Banyat Wongprayoon, the mayor of Tambon Phu Khae Municipality, tried in vain to convince the protesters to move their demonstration elsewhere. The protesters refused and continued addressing Ms Yingluck through their loud speakers.

This prompted police to come to the complex and prepare to tow away the protesters' vehicles if necessary.

Pol Col Phuban Thapchan, Saraburi deputy police superintendent, said more than 100 policemen were deployed at the OTOP complex to maintain law and order.

He said he would negotiate with the protesters, who were known to police in the province.

Ms Yingluck arrived at the Phu Khae OTOP complex in Chalerm Phrakiat district, Saraburi at 11am. She was accompanied by caretaker Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt, caretaker Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanich and caretaker PM's deputy secretary-general Pol Maj Gen Tawat Boonfueng.

They were received by Saraburi Governor Suthipong Julacharoen.

The prime minister and her entourage left the complex at 12.40pm. Reporters who followed them from Bangkok were told the prime minister had cancelled her other functions for the day.

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Discussion 1 : 24/02/2014 at 08:37 PM
Thai eduction does not teach some of the thais on how to respect others, e.g. those who made harassemnt to PM.
Discussion 2 : 24/02/2014 at 07:54 PM
Madam Prime Minister, we know you will stay to the end, you are truly a bright light in these days of Darkness
Discussion 3 : 24/02/2014 at 07:45 PM
Reprove is easy, that's why it hurts so many. With understanding to be commended is difficult, so it do so few.
Discussion 4 : 24/02/2014 at 05:24 PM
Respect has to be earned, and she certainly hasn't earned it!
Discussion 5 : 24/02/2014 at 05:12 PM
So she was harassed by some protesters. But she harasses the whole country for more than 2 years now.
Discussion 6 : 24/02/2014 at 04:44 PM
Easy "work day" for her and Suthep & co are ruining Thailand
Discussion 7 : 24/02/2014 at 04:10 PM
try to think twice, it's absolutly negative for the whole country! imho, she should only take care of the actual caretaker government and keep low profil! at least for the sake of the country...
Discussion 8 : 24/02/2014 at 03:29 PM
Come on people lets show a little respect for the position & for a lady, disagree with polices of the government if you want but if you want respect shown to you that must be earned by showing respect to others. Remember this usually the loudest voices get the least respect !
Discussion 9 : 24/02/2014 at 03:23 PM
He said he would negotiate with the protesters, who were known to police in the province. I can well image how that will go.
Discussion 10 : 24/02/2014 at 03:02 PM
I don't blame her for getting away for awhile. It is a madhouse in BKK and getting worse everyday with loonies on the prowl. There are other people and places in the country besides BKK. Besides Mr S seems to have things under his control anyway.
Discussion 11 : 24/02/2014 at 02:56 PM
PDRC Are pathetic - they want her leave bangkok and now they complain why she isn't there. Just disgusting bullies
Discussion 12 : 24/02/2014 at 02:55 PM
Another easy 'work' day for the Caretaker PM. Is she still being paid by the taxpayers?
Discussion 13 : 24/02/2014 at 02:51 PM
Brave woman.
Discussion 14 : 24/02/2014 at 02:46 PM
With the biased courts on their side and the army itching to move in to topple yet another elected government, the pdrc thuggery is egged on very day. IMO the possibility of civil war or larges Cale violence which I refused to believe in a couple of months ago even is now a real possibility. Bad for the country, bad for the people who will die, bad for democracy. Good for whom? Suthep.

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