All roads lead to Govt House, Democrats resign en masse

All nine major anti-government rallies from various points in Bangkok will move towards one place - Government House - on Monday in what protester leader Suthep Thaugsuban has called the final effort to achieve the ultimate goal of uprooting the Thaksin regime.

The protests led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on Monday are intended to wrap up the one-month of demonstrations which began at Samsen railway station before moving to three key areas - Democracy Monument, the Finance Ministry compound and the Government Complex.

PDRC spokesman Akanat Prompan announced on Sunday that they will not intrude on the compound of the Prime Minister's Office. However, the demonstrators will surround it.

Mr Akanat was confident that the anti-government campaign on Monday will be a historic event leading to a major change other than a House dissolution or Prime Minister's Yingluck Shinawatra's resignation. The turnout of people on Monday would be a key factor to send the message to the prime minister to show her responsibility, he added.

Of the 50 or more groups, nine would be directed by the PDRC - two from the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River and seven from the Bangkok side. All columns, except the one led by PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban, would start to move at 9.39am. The main rally led by Mr Suthep will take off from the Chaeng Wattana government offices complex at 8.29am. 

Apart from the protesters directed by the PDRC, the others to join the rally include the State Enterprises Workers Relations Confederation and business groups. They will march on different routes to the same destination.

Sathit Wongnongtoey, a core member of the PDRC, said the groups would include labour unions of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International, Silom and Yaowarat business groups, and students and faculty members of Thammasat, Mahidol, Chulalongkorn, Kasetsart, National Institution of Development Administration, Ramkhamhaeng, Srinakarinwirot and Silpakorn universities.

Former leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy Sondhi Limthongkul will join the rallies for the first time by leading a march from Ban Phra Arthit after he returns from an overseas trip on Monday morning, an aide close to him said.

Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said the government could control the situation and challenged Mr Suthep to honour his promise by turning in to police if the rallies fail as he is under an arrest warrant on serious charges including instigating unrest.

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Discussion 1 : 09/12/2013 at 11:57 AM
Anything but The Shinnawat!
Discussion 2 : 09/12/2013 at 11:51 AM
The difference is AV and Suthep are not related.
Discussion 3 : 09/12/2013 at 11:24 AM
What ever comes next will be better than this corrupt family dictatorship
Discussion 4 : 09/12/2013 at 10:19 AM
who is better... the group that asks for 30%-50% commission and deliver or the group that asks for 20% commission but forgot to deliver??? if both groups are equally bad, what else do we have? only a revolution, may be from a young, upright army guy that will take over and stripe off all the power and money of the 2 groups, then we may have a chance.
Discussion 5 : 09/12/2013 at 09:49 AM
There is an old saying for these types of events, “Follow the money”. One must believe that the democrats and those leading the protests are after something. I seriously doubt that it is as they say, to return the country to the people. I guarantee there is money somewhere in the background that is driving this mess.
Discussion 6 : 09/12/2013 at 07:24 AM
Bum chai comments are very valid,without dialogue no real democracy existed but elites wanted power to remain with them,don't blame others,discuss together!
Discussion 7 : 09/12/2013 at 07:15 AM
Whatever change we may go through today, any transfer of power let it be peaceful and lawful under the constitution. Do not involve the highest institution.
Discussion 8 : 09/12/2013 at 06:59 AM
“We cannot beat them,” said Theptai Seanapong, one of the members of Parliament who resigned on Sunday. “It doesn’t matter if we raise our hands and feet in parliamentary votes, we will never win.” And the rally is referred to as the rally to return power to the people - yet they admit it is about returning power to what is now a minority party....
Discussion 9 : 09/12/2013 at 04:41 AM
My goodness... It is now almost impossible to choose whose worse; PTP (Shinawatra) or DP (AV, secretly Suthep). Seriously, how do you choose between these two self-serving groups? Thailand seems to be in dire straits indeed, if this is the best that can be come up with...
Discussion 10 : 09/12/2013 at 03:51 AM
All I've been hearing lately is 15 millions to 11 millions. That's it, anything else? Take your blinders and mufflers off, would you?
Discussion 11 : 09/12/2013 at 03:42 AM
There is a big risk Thaind will split in 3. The Pattani state, Thailand and the north east of Eesan.
Discussion 12 : 09/12/2013 at 02:25 AM
I'd love to read a couple of Yingluck's accomplishments, from those who gave the thumb downs, while her gov't was running the country and what would be her greatest legacy that the history would proudly record?
Discussion 13 : 09/12/2013 at 12:02 AM
...Except that what they'll take us to, viz. the malarkey K. Suthep suggested and DP concurs with, is anything but democracy. Criticize TS all you want for his authoritarianism. But that doesn't automatically means anything but TS regime must be better or more democratic. Otherwise, your standard of what is good or bad, or what is democratic or not for that matter, is hopelessly low...and quite arbitrary. Given two choices, TS and what DP envisions, I will definitely go for the former because the latter is a lot worse. It basically throws the baby with the bath water and creates something new that doesn't even resemble democracy.
Discussion 14 : 08/12/2013 at 11:31 PM
The reason that they were against the bill to fully elect the senate was that they could not put their friends in power without them running in an election that is the same reason that they want the peoples council this way they could put their rich friends in power,it is all about the $$$$$. Only thing that i agree with them on is the Amnesty Bill if you do the crime you do the time Red,Yellow,Democrat
Discussion 15 : 08/12/2013 at 11:31 PM
Perhaps we can express it mathematically: YS government ⊆ Thaksin regime. Therefore any new general election right now wouldn't do the job!
Discussion 16 : 08/12/2013 at 11:13 PM
I am unsure about the People Council, but India is also starting that as well. If you are not Thai and have plenty of time, I suggest you find out much more about TS and this will answer you why a lot of people are very angry.
Discussion 17 : 08/12/2013 at 11:06 PM
Oh great so when do Thaksins many charges go to court ? When does Jatuporn and Nattawut go to court for Ratchprasong ?
Discussion 18 : 08/12/2013 at 10:39 PM
A case of the democrats doing a dummy spit, taking their ball and going home. How children who claim to be politicians can ruin a country. Yingluck has them all running, she's showing her colours as being not only a smart person, but also a very smart politician.
Discussion 19 : 08/12/2013 at 10:26 PM
GOOD, it is better to let them go. Under their present leadership and MPs, Thailand's politics will continue to be controlled by lawlessness. AV and DP has lost the legitimacy to talk about protecting the constitution. They violated many law including section 68 and human rights law. They do not protect electoral rights, parliamentary rights and judicial and senatorial neutrality. Let them go and let other take over the leadership and rebuild the party.
Discussion 20 : 08/12/2013 at 09:55 PM
There is nothing to fear except that if we do not administer and enforce rule of law justly, equally without fear and favour. Thailand cannot be hostage to a bunch of criminals who want to seize power so that they can sweep their crimes under the carpet and also to whitewashed indicted criminals.
Discussion 21 : 08/12/2013 at 09:07 PM
They are not "anti government", they are "anti Thaksin regime"!
Discussion 22 : 08/12/2013 at 08:36 PM
Pack up your suitcase Yingluck!
Discussion 23 : 08/12/2013 at 08:26 PM
'final effort'? yeah right! i can see this going on for ages....... if it does we can say goodbye to freedom and democracy and the thailand we once knew and loved!!
Discussion 24 : 08/12/2013 at 08:22 PM
I think Thailand, and Thai people, deserves all that they are having and will be getting. This is the first time anyone in the world has witnessed such perverted movement of people in this modern age trying to get themselves chained back into being slaves to a few elites by abolishing democracy and introducing an unelected "People's Council". The entire idea is one big joke for the world to laugh at. And the en-masse resignation of the opposition Democrat party now just totally blows our widest imagination. Thailand is destined to be stuck forever in low life and poverty with jokers like the Democrat party and the powers behind it.
Discussion 25 : 08/12/2013 at 08:17 PM
IMO whether Suthep's protest is unconstitutional or not would depend on the Constitution Court deciding that s.69 over-rides s.68 and the Court has been lambasted by the Supreme Court for making political decisions before - notably in letting Thaksin become PM in the first place by acquitting him in the asset concealment case.
Discussion 26 : 08/12/2013 at 08:06 PM
IF the government is as bad as these guys make out then beating them through a ballot box should be a doddle. Don't give me that old chestnut about buying votes. Those who are accused of that would never vote democrat. and everybody knows that. It's for the democrats to persuade them as to why they should. Are they capable ?
Discussion 27 : 08/12/2013 at 08:02 PM
With 56 bags of luggage sent to the UK on another chartered flight. Everyone has forgotten about that too.
Discussion 28 : 08/12/2013 at 07:55 PM
Good luck tomorrow. My best wishes are with the people that prefer democracy to a TS dictatorship. The farmers will be freed from this rice scheme and the money will finally be directed at them instead of the corrupt politicians of the PT. I yearn for democracy. I want a vote that encompesses the whole Thai population not just an extremely narrow cross section than can be manipulated with unsustainable schemes. I know good will prevail. I know the DEMS will prevail. They have to lest Thailand including the farmers be shunned and ignored in the future. I pity the farmers, but most of all I pity the educated that should know better.
Discussion 29 : 08/12/2013 at 06:57 PM
Will be interesting to see how the coalition partners and other parties left in Parliament reacts to the Democrat move. In one way they have made it almost certain that the House must be dissolved (as the PM offered) but without establishing a people's council - which is not possible under the Constitution and doubtless would need legislation. However having effectively precipitated a dissolution it would be entirely unacceptable and undemocratic for them to refuse to run in any subsequent election
Discussion 30 : 08/12/2013 at 06:54 PM
we hope that the prime minister goes home fast
Discussion 31 : 08/12/2013 at 06:45 PM
Stay at home relax Madame PM. Only 1 day more to tolerate & then Suthep will be in jail & his undemocratic followers will return to their maids & drivers.
Discussion 32 : 08/12/2013 at 06:30 PM
I'll be happy if the government dissolves the house, which it should, and every party fights the election. However, I'm a bit confused what exactly DP wants. I heard K. Suthep snubbing a new election many times. But recently, K. Abhisit told BBC that he demanded it, to which the government seemed to give in. Still, it seems DP will boycott the election if it is called at this time. Are they going to create power vacuum which 'someone' has to fill, or a cul-de-sac in which 'someone' has to intervene? (It goes without saying that that 'someone' won't come from an election.) If that's what they're up to, this party is surely in the free fall.
Discussion 33 : 08/12/2013 at 06:24 PM
I simply don`t get it. What`s the plan? Surrounding government house? Then what? Blow the whistles? And then Yinluck will say: "OWell then, I and everybody related to my family will never touch politics ever again." ??? You can surround or break in government house another 10 times and Sutheps plan will still be unconstitutional and besides against the will of much more than just the majority of Thailands inhabitants. To achieve Sutheps plan you will still need the army and then make another coup and you will need force to prevent people from demanding and protesting for their constitutional and democratic rights afterwards ...
Discussion 34 : 08/12/2013 at 06:13 PM
I wonder how she can get away and avoid responsibility this time. Maybe she'll disappear abroad on a shopping trip.
Discussion 35 : 08/12/2013 at 06:03 PM
As usual in Thailand, we soon will see people , politicians and political parties change sides. They always do that here in Thailand, when they can smell the end is near. PAD Sonthi can smell it too, that's why he comes out and joins the protest of his enemies ( watched ASTV for 1 year,too ) . Newin will be next and then all the others. NACC will ban 314 MPs and Senators from politics and the game can start again. The corruption truths comes to light and PT politicians will be charged. Or something like that.
Discussion 36 : 08/12/2013 at 05:57 PM
"Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said the government could control the situation and challenged Mr Suthep to honour his promise by turning in to police if the rallies fail." Agreed, he should. And former PM Thaksin said that he was going to Beijing to see the Olympics, and would return to Bangkok for his sentencing, and then jumped bail and went into hiding. Maybe Nopparit thinks everyone forgot about that.
Discussion 37 : 08/12/2013 at 05:31 PM
My best wishes for good luck…Show the rest of the world this fraudulous government should stop to exist!!

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