PDRC: D-Day on Monday

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) is ready to end its anti-government protest if only a small number of people turn out on Monday, spokesman Akanat Promphan said on Saturday.

Protest leaders have described Monday's marches as the "final battle" against the Yingluck Shinawatra government. On that day, starting at 9.39am, all protesters will rally in front of Government House in an attempt to seize power from Ms Yingluck, said Mr Akanat, a stepson of protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

Mr Akanat said he believed that if a large number of people turned out, there would be a change in the government.

But if not many people join the rally that day, the PDRC would end its rally and its co-leaders would surrender to police to fight all charges in court, he added.

The spokesman insisted that the protest was not an attempt to stage a coup or tear down the constitution as critics have claimed, but a movement to bring power back to the people.

The PDRC has proposed setting up a "people's council" and "people's government" to run the country because it believes the current parliament and government no longer have the legitimacy to function.

The proposal is in line with sections 3 and 7 of the charter, he said.

Mr Suthep declared on Friday night that demonstrators would "blow the final whistle" on Monday to seize power from the Yingluck administration.

The former Democrat MP said he would not prolong the protest any longer and that Monday's outcome would make clear whether the demonstrators "win or lose".

In an attempt to counter the PDRC's "final battle" on Monday, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Saturday sent an "urgent" letter to heads of different state agencies telling them to prevent protesters from occupying their offices.

In the letter, Mr Surapong, who is in charge of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), says the PDRC had violated the law by inciting unrest and instigating rebellion, which affected national stability. It actions were not accepted by the international community, he added.

"State officials have been reminded to use necessary measures to protect their respective government offices, prevent them from being occupied or surrounded by demonstrators, and continue to do their duty for the people so the country can move forward," says the letter.

Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut, secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC), said more police officers would be deployed on Monday in Bangkok areas where the Internal Security Act (ISA) is in place.

The situation would not likely escalate on Saturday and Sunday, he added.

The Bangkok protests have been going on since Nov 1, when the House of Representatives pushed through an amnesty that would have pardoned former premier Thaksin Shinawatra from a two-year prison sentence for abuse of power.

Although the bill was later rejected by the Senate, Mr Suthep has led a campaign to paralyse the government since Nov 24.

He claimed Ms Yingluck's government had lost all legitimacy when her party openly rejected a ruling by the Constitutional Court on Nov 20 that overturned a charter amendment on the composition of the Senate.

Mr Suthep said he wanted an appointed prime minister and a "People's Council" to reform the political system.

However, Pheu Thai spokesmen as well as many legal experts have said there is no provision in the current constitution for such a body.

Mr Suthep believes Section 7 of the charter could accommodate his plan by allowing for a royally appointed leader.

However, lawyers point out that His Majesty the King himself told judges three years ago that Section 7 did not give him the authority to make such an appointment.

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Discussion 1 : 11/12/2013 at 04:44 PM
The Electoral Commission having examined all the issues concluded that even by taking into account these problems, the final result remained the same (4.5 million votes more for the PTP than DP). Abbhisit and Suthep (having the power at this time), did not contest the results. This argument is used today in order to delegitimize the democratic system, what is classic when you want to impose a dictatorship.
Discussion 2 : 08/12/2013 at 05:26 PM
'win or lose'? there is only one loser and that is thailand! mr suthep gave the PM an ultimatum to get out over a week ago, she is still there! i would have thought any honourable son of thailand would have said 'enough is enough' and let the elected government do its job, after all mr suthep and his band of followers achieved the main goal of their protest, the amnest bill! there is absolutely no reason for further protests as the PM has suggested a referendum, obvsiously not democratic enough for mr suthep and his followers! i expect he would be happy if the PM appointed him PM in her place!
Discussion 3 : 08/12/2013 at 04:45 PM
No way the turnout will be poor! The Democrat Party just resolved for all Democrat MPs to resign en masse. Tomorrow will be like protesters in V. for Victory.
Discussion 4 : 08/12/2013 at 03:10 PM
But the anti government mob will claim this is just foreign propaganda. I live in a very mixed red/yellow area, I sit on the village committee, I have neither seen nor heard of any vote buying. I'm not denying it goes on but never on the scale the Dems claim, not that they are innocent either.
Discussion 5 : 08/12/2013 at 02:17 PM
How many times has Thaksin openly declared to stop meddling with Thai politics, I lost count, ...and he is still 'running the show' today, but that, evidently, you don't mind? Aren't you part of 'the new red brigade', which has in the last few weeks landed like a cloud of locusts on this, former peacefull, rich field of exchange?
Discussion 6 : 08/12/2013 at 01:19 PM
It's obvious Suthep has lost a lot of support since he began showing his true colors with increasingly crazy and unreasonable demands. Yingluck in contrast keeps her cool consistently demonstrating how wise and professional a leader she really is. Overall, Suthep and his cronies don't stand a chance, he should just turn himself in and leave the politics to the real politicians.
Discussion 7 : 08/12/2013 at 01:10 PM
Henry VIII was an absolute monarch in contention with the Papacy, hardly a valid comparison.
Discussion 8 : 08/12/2013 at 12:54 PM
Outcome A: The police let the demonstrators in again. Then what? Will they go home peacefully too, as this shall be the "last" day? Do you think the government will be so overwhelmed and give in to all undemocratic demands of Suthep? Outcome B: The police uses teargas again, fighting off the demonstrators for one more day. So if they will be hold back for this one day, they will go home peacefuly?? To "succeed" in Sutheps, there`s only one way: Bloody escalation to have the army take over, possible with the help of MIB. Do you really want that? It will certainly lead to more demonstrations in the country - who wants that?
Discussion 9 : 08/12/2013 at 12:52 PM
The music was the most positive part of the demonstrations.
Discussion 10 : 08/12/2013 at 12:33 PM
Treason against a country shall consist only in levying war against this country, or in adhering to the country’s enemies, giving them aid or comfort. This is not the case with Suthep. He is instigating a revolt against a government, who has lost its legitimacy to rule the country and its people by rejecting the constitution court and its rulings.
Discussion 11 : 08/12/2013 at 12:29 PM
I hope somebody will hold Suthep to his deadline when he fails again. This is something like the 6th one he has proposed. I suspect he will just keep ramping it up until he gets the bloodshed he so clearly seeks.
Discussion 12 : 08/12/2013 at 11:40 AM
First, Suthep said the final whistle would be blown (protests end) on Monday if they didn't topple the government by Monday. Now, they will end the protests if, in their sole discretion, they decide they don't get enough supporters. The goal line keeps changing with this group.
Discussion 13 : 08/12/2013 at 10:06 AM
It is interesting to note that 9 December is the UN's International Anti-Corruption Day. Of course we all know that the UN is not Thaksin's father, so he won't be paying attention.
Discussion 14 : 08/12/2013 at 09:58 AM
Yellow is right, red is wrong. How simple life can be.
Discussion 15 : 08/12/2013 at 09:28 AM
get these undesirables out of office,l pray that the good and decent people will join hands in their millions to oust this bunch of cronies who only serve a convicted criminal ,they have bought a new meaning to spin deceit and small white lies to self serving duties,ignoring,the good words of wisdom
Discussion 16 : 08/12/2013 at 09:18 AM
International observers have stated that the election that brought Thaksin to power was the cleanest and least corrupt in the short history of democracy in Thailand. Know your facts before you pop off at the mouth. Know the history of 'buying votes' in Thailand before you cry about Thaksin and simultaneously try to glorify PAD. If PAD could buy the voters, they would. They've tried, and they can't. THAT'S the problem :)
Discussion 17 : 08/12/2013 at 04:22 AM
. Destroying Bangkok and inoccent people's lives isn't the way to do it. Well it worked fro the present government .Didn't it?????
Discussion 18 : 08/12/2013 at 02:44 AM
I'm still stunned at the support for a dude with a record that makes Thaksin (I'm no fan btw) look like Snow White. A guy who wants to end democracy in Thailand. The poor are too stupid to vote, right? They get money for votes, right? All of them? The others don't so the same? They win. And that's the truth. Seeing as this paper caters to many westerners living in Thailand...maybe you need to look up the policies of the yellow top brass regarding foreigners. Do you really want Thailand to become a far right dictatorship?
Discussion 19 : 08/12/2013 at 12:59 AM
Please go home no need to drag the Kingdom down. And let's the Constitution Court to decide!
Discussion 20 : 08/12/2013 at 12:45 AM
1623 is a good 100 years ahead of Thai social development right now. I'm reading 'Bring up the bodies' about Thomas Cromwell under Henry VIII'th and the political machine forcing laws through lies is uncannily similar to Thailand.
Discussion 21 : 07/12/2013 at 11:33 PM
Did taking over Government House in 2008 for 3 months overthrow the government work?
Discussion 22 : 07/12/2013 at 11:24 PM
Vote buying is as far from a free and fair election as anything can possibly be, how I wish you could realize it.
Discussion 23 : 07/12/2013 at 10:46 PM
"I hope to see the rule of law prevail." We all do. That would mean the fugitive serving his time and facing the multiple other corruption charges and this PTP government all facing chargers for raping the Thai people on the rice scam and water mitigation scam.
Discussion 24 : 07/12/2013 at 09:57 PM
Yep, see, he believes in what he's doing. If you notice, he's in Thailand, not Dubai, and not jumping from a hotel balcony.
Discussion 25 : 07/12/2013 at 09:54 PM
That proves the state of brainwashing …all reason gone and lets glorify dear leader ….for the money….
Discussion 26 : 07/12/2013 at 09:54 PM
All reds have left is name calling. And they wonder why educated, intelligent people question whether any of them have been past the first grade.
Discussion 27 : 07/12/2013 at 09:41 PM
Please tell us law abiding citizens the headlines are true. On Monday, the Secretary General and his lawless band of communist PRDC comrades are going home. An early Christmas present if true.
Discussion 28 : 07/12/2013 at 09:40 PM
I see the internet writers of the red disinformation machine are doing weekend work tampering with the pro government likes and dislikes…So very typical for them….LOL
Discussion 29 : 07/12/2013 at 09:09 PM
People cry about democracy but have no problem with a puppet PM and governemnt representing a fugitive so openly that it was their campaign slogan .Very hypocritical if you ask me .
Discussion 30 : 07/12/2013 at 09:01 PM
Up until these protests, there was hardly a single government supporter fluent in good English. Now there are many with a similar style who all have 20 or less posts to their name. I wish red-shirts did not think everyone is a gullible as they are.
Discussion 31 : 07/12/2013 at 08:59 PM
That's what PT have being doing for montrhs
Discussion 32 : 07/12/2013 at 08:55 PM
Suthep's so called anti-government protests is definitely for himself not the Country and about politics. He is fighting for his own business, family and political survival disguising behind 'political problems'. They killed the behind the scenes negotiated blanket amnesty by some 'VIPs' so that they can get people like Sondhi Limthongkul and Chamlong to join in the fight to seize power from the democratically elected government so that their crimes together with that of Suthep and DP can be swept under the carpet or white washed. After Monday, I hope to see the rule of law prevail. This is not a political problem.
Discussion 33 : 07/12/2013 at 08:04 PM
Pedantic and pretencious. 1623 it is not the year of Hamlet anyway. Too young I guess, or a lot of drugs.
Discussion 34 : 07/12/2013 at 07:59 PM
The PM on Monday afternoon should step out from the main entrance of Government House and tell the protesters " Here is what I think of your protest" and stick up her middle finger.
Discussion 35 : 07/12/2013 at 07:54 PM
Return power to the people? Or is it to give himself power? Only way to offer power is to accept the results of a fair and free election. This is the result and the democratic process. The present Govt won fair and square, plan their downfall in the next election campaign. Destroying Bangkok and inoccent people's lives isn't the way to do it.
Discussion 36 : 07/12/2013 at 07:47 PM
Do you underestimate your fellow citizens when you assume they have no ability to think for themselves ..? - In an enlightened society takes people their own choice and is not influenced by propaganda - either from Dubai or anywhere else!
Discussion 37 : 07/12/2013 at 07:17 PM
My deepest sympathy to the protesters against this fraudulous regime..they are fighting overwhelming odds and the ill gotten billions of the Dubai propaganda spin agencies and factories-of- lies!
Discussion 38 : 07/12/2013 at 06:56 PM
"To be, or not to be." (Hamlet, William Shakespeare, 1623)
Discussion 39 : 07/12/2013 at 06:42 PM
The real honest unvarnished truth is that Khun Suthep tactics and strategy over the past two weeks has taken all the pressure off the Thaksin regime. They were in real trouble after the amnesty bill was struck down, with popularity falling, allies such as UDD unhappy. They must be thanking their lucky stars that he has blown the advantage he was given
Discussion 40 : 07/12/2013 at 06:22 PM
"Large" will be defined on Monday evening in order to announce another V-Day. Whatever amount of protesters taking part, they are the "People", for sure. D-day is a purely military expression, thanks Bangkok Post for pointing out the invasion character.
Discussion 41 : 07/12/2013 at 06:07 PM
The answer almost certainly will be nothing - but it is important to understand the meaning of the answer. It does not mean that the Thaksin regime is acceptable - far from it. It does mean that the methods and solution chosen by Khun Suthep is unacceptable. The desire to bring the Thaksin regime to account particularly for the amnesty fiasco and our proxy PM, cabinet and MPs remains, but what this has shown is that this must be done within the present Constitution and without violence or law breaking. The movement to rid us of the Thaksin regime needs a new leader with better ideas that the out moded solution proposed by Khun Suthep
Discussion 42 : 07/12/2013 at 06:01 PM
And exactly which office will CAPO Director/ Foreign Minister/Shinawatra cousin Surapong Tovichakchaikul be defending ( or hiding in ) come this D-Day? Probably the office with the most policemen.
Discussion 43 : 07/12/2013 at 05:39 PM
This has become a battle between the honest, hard working and tax paying citizens against all the might and the ill -gotten billions of one of Thailands most corrupt regimes ever…..The propaganda machine of this fraudulous government is mighty and perverted but the honest people are stronger and fight the right battle!
Discussion 44 : 07/12/2013 at 05:27 PM
Bring on Tuesday & the end of these yellow loonies!
Discussion 45 : 07/12/2013 at 05:20 PM
Whatever became of the offer by PM YS to resign and dissolve parliament? Has her cousin the FM and CAPO boss forgotten that? Or have there been new instructions skyped in from Dubai?
Discussion 46 : 07/12/2013 at 05:11 PM
If you take away the paper in Suthep's hand, it's like he's offering to be handcuffed. With great form, I have to admit.
Discussion 47 : 07/12/2013 at 05:08 PM
On that day, starting at 9.39am. Why this time? At least the govt will know, down to the second, when they start. Those 20 000baht clocks are paying off at last!

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