PDRC sets May 14 for 'last battle'

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has set May 14 as the date to launch a "final all-out battle" against the government.

The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader did not reveal a venue for the planned rally or what his movement plans to do on that day, to keep the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) in the dark until the last minute. 

“It will be a major operation to take back sovereign power. This fight will last about two to five days but we will do it decisively. 

“Whoever decides to come must stand side by side and fight together until the operation succeeds,” Mr Suthep told supporters at Lumpini Park, the main PDRC rally site, on Wednesday night. 

Mr Suthep urged supporters and other like-minded people to join the “final mass rally” on Wednesday, May 14 - as many as possible - and carry with them necessary supplies such as tents, mosquito nets and food.

In the lead-up to the May 14 rally, Mr Suthep also announced two major rallies on Coronation Day, Monday May 5, and Visakha Bucha Day, Tuesday May 13. 

On Coronation Day, the PDRC leaders are asking demonstrators to wear yellow and gather at Sanam Luang before 5pm to express loyalty and offer blessings to His Majesty the King. The PDRC will organise a ceremony in which all participants will pledge to bring in full democracy and make positive changes to the nation. 

Mr Suthep said a large merit-making ceremony would be held on Visakha Bucha, which marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of Lord Buddha, to ward off evil for the country. He did not reveal the venue.

Shorly after Mr Suthep’s announcement, Jatuporn Promphan, chairman of the pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) unveiled a change of date for a red shirt rally from May 6 to May 5, the same day the PDRC supporters will gather at Sanam Luang.

Mr Jatuporn said there would be no confrontation between them as the UDD will rally on Utthayan Road in Thawi Watthana district of Bangkok. 

“Previously I made an appointment with the red shirts to gather on May 6, but since Mr Suthep has set May 5, I will ask them to turn up for a mass rally as a show of force on May 5 also,” the red-shirt leader said.

The UDD rally comes just a few days before the Constitutional Court is expected to rule in the case concerning caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri. 

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