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01 May 2014 :: 16:05:07 pm 85308

Phuket PDRC members prepare to join ‘D-Day’ in Bangkok

Local followers of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) will head for Bangkok on May 12 to join “D-Day”, declared by PDRC leader Suthep Taugsuban as the climax of the “final battle” against the Pheu Thai government.
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Local leader Amnuy Kumbaan told The Phuket News this morning, “On Monday we will invite all Phuketians to join our activities to salute HM the Kings on Coronation Day.

“We will also watch the our protestors in Bangkok on television and follow Mr Suthep’s orders.

“Then on May 12 we are going to Bangkok to prepare for D-Day on the 14th. All the Phuket PDRC leaders will go and will stay for four or five days.

“We do not know yet exactly what he [Mr Suthep] is going to do.”

The Bangkok Post this morning quoted PDRC co-leader Thaworn Senneam as asying that Mr Suthep and networks allied with his group will mobilise supporters for a march to Sanam Luang on Monday (May 5) and a major rally on May 14 – “D-Day”. He said that, in between, anti-government protesters will hold warm-up rallies on Bangkok’s streets to encourage more people to join their cause.

The plans are the latest in a long line of vows by the PDRC to stage a “final battle” against the caretaker government.Speaking to supporters at Lumpini Park yesterday evening, Mr Suthep once again announced the PDRC will launch a campaign to take back sovereign power and return it to the people.

He cited Section 3 of the constitution which stipulates that sovereign power belongs to the Thai people.Mr Suthep said after a so-called “people’s government” is established, the national reform process will begin and foreign countries’ confidence in the country’s economy will be restored.
The reform process will take about 18 months, he said.The pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship also announced it will hold a mass rally on Utthayan Rd on Tuesday (May 6) “to protect the caretaker government”.

The announcements come ahead of an expected intensification of the political situation from next week.

The Constitutional Court has ordered caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and three witnesses to testify on Tuesday (May 6) over the transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri.There is speculation that the court might hand down a ruling next week or the following week. An unfavourable ruling could end Ms Yingluck’s premiership.

Meanwhile, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has announced it will make a decision by May 13 over Ms Yingluck’s alleged dereliction of duty in the controversial rice-pledging scheme.

Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order director and caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung acknowledged yesterday (April 30) that the PDRC has the right to move back to Ratchadamnoen Ave. But he warned that the group must not break the law or block traffic.
Mr Chalerm noted the PDRC’s victory or defeat would not depend on its location, but on its rationale, adding that Mr Suthep has always “flip-flopped”.
Mr Chalerm said he had analysed the content of Mr Suthep’s speeches over the past month and found they contained little substance.

“I want to ask Mr Suthep a question: If you know you’re not going to win, why do it? You can’t establish sovereign power. It’s illegal. Let’s go to the polls,” he said.

View the original story on The Phuket News

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