Bangkok braces for ‘final battle’

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Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban

Anti-government protest leaders have declared December 9 as “D-Day” for the “final battle” against the government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. On that day from 9.39am (the Thai word for “nine” sounds like “step forward”), all protesters will gather in front of the Government House in Bangkok in an attempt to seize power from Yingluck.

However, protest leaders said in case only a small number of people partake in the planned rally, they would put an end to the protest.

Suthep Thaugsuban, a former opposition Democrat Party MP and now secretary-general of the main anti-government force People’s Democratic Reform Committee, called on protesters to wage an “all-out battle” against the government on Monday morning.

Flyer_Dec9_2013Groups saying they would join the protests were Chulalongkorn University students, the V For Thailand movement, a group of IT people based in Thailand, Thai expatriates from overseas, lecturers, non-government organisations and socialites. The State Enterprises Workers Relations Confederation and several business groups will also join the rally. They will march on different routes to the same destination – Government House.

On December 8, authorities were seen to rebuild concrete barricades and barbed wire fences around Government House and the parliament.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she was ready to dissolve the parliament and organise a national election within 60 days if that was what most people wanted. In a special televised programme, Yingluck said however if the anti-government protesters did not agree to the offer, it will prolong the situation and a boycott of the election that could possibly led to coup.

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Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban

Anti-government protest leaders have declared December 9 as “D-Day” for the “final battle” against the government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. On that day from 9.39am (the Thai word for “nine” sounds like “step forward”), all protesters will gather in front of the Government House in Bangkok in an attempt to seize power from Yingluck.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Thailand Politics
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban

Anti-government protest leaders have declared December 9 as “D-Day” for the “final battle” against the government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. On that day from 9.39am (the Thai word for “nine” sounds like “step forward”), all protesters will gather in front of the Government House in Bangkok in an attempt to seize power from Yingluck.

However, protest leaders said in case only a small number of people partake in the planned rally, they would put an end to the protest.

Suthep Thaugsuban, a former opposition Democrat Party MP and now secretary-general of the main anti-government force People’s Democratic Reform Committee, called on protesters to wage an “all-out battle” against the government on Monday morning.

Flyer_Dec9_2013Groups saying they would join the protests were Chulalongkorn University students, the V For Thailand movement, a group of IT people based in Thailand, Thai expatriates from overseas, lecturers, non-government organisations and socialites. The State Enterprises Workers Relations Confederation and several business groups will also join the rally. They will march on different routes to the same destination – Government House.

On December 8, authorities were seen to rebuild concrete barricades and barbed wire fences around Government House and the parliament.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she was ready to dissolve the parliament and organise a national election within 60 days if that was what most people wanted. In a special televised programme, Yingluck said however if the anti-government protesters did not agree to the offer, it will prolong the situation and a boycott of the election that could possibly led to coup.

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