PDRC campaigns in Silom area

Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led a street campaign in Silom, Sathupradit and Chan areas in Bangkok Wednesday morning to woo support for the anti-government movement's planned "final battle".

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The campaign ahead of  the PDRC’s big rally on May 14 moved marched over a distance of about eight kilometres and then the demonstrators returned to their base at Lumpini park next to Silom Road.

There they planned to await the ruling of the Constitutional Court on the status of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for the unlawful replacement of Thawil Pliensri as secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC).

At Lumpini late Tuesday night, Mr Suthep said the PDRC was determined to continue its campaign to bring an end to  the caretaker government of Yingluck Shinawatra government and national reform ahead of the next genral election, in the national interest.

Buddha Isara, the monk who leads PDRC demonstrators on Chaeng Wattana Road in front of the central government complex in Bangkok, said his group would prevent Tongthong Chandrangsu from reaching his office at the Ministry of Justice, which is in the complex.

The cabinet has appointed Mr Tongthong to replace Kittipong Kittayarak as the permanent secretary for justice. Earlier Mr Kittipong welcomed PDRC protesters at the Ministry of Justice.

Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut replaces Mr Tongthong as permanent secretary of the PM’s Office. Lt Gen Paradorn was only recently made an adviser to the prime minister after the Administrative Court ruled Ms Yingluck must reinstate Mr Thawil as the NSC secretary-general.

Mr Kittipong becomes an adviser to the prime minister, a largely inactive post.

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