Thailand: Monk ready to be protest leader

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Luang Pu Buddha IsaraA senior Thai monk, Luang Pu Buddha Isara, the abbot of Wat Or Noi in central Nakhon Pathom province, said he would take over as the anti-government protest leader if current leader Suthep Thaugsuban was arrested.

He made the announcement in a speech against the Yingluck Shinawatra-led government at the government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road in Bangkok on November 28.

Lung Pu Buddha Isara said if Suthep was arrested, he would take over heading up the protests himself to show that a monk can lead the movement to eradicate the “Thaksin regime”.

He also told Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tarit Pengdith to request an arrest warrant for him, just as police had obtained one for Suthep, because he also caused the illegal assembly of more than 10 people. He said he was behind Suthep’s decision to move the protesters from in front of the DSI building to the adjacent government complex.

The monk asked why Tarit did not arrest former monk Luang Pu Nen Kham, who has been charged by the DSI with having sex with a minor, tax evasion, drug taking, manslaughter, money laundering, making false claims about possessing supernatural powers, and other offences.

Meanwhile, rumours were spreading that the Thai Air Force had a plan to assassin Suthep, an allegation that has been immediately rejected by air force officials. Protesters on November 29 were moving in a cheerful march through Bangkok’s streets, heading to the headquarters of the Pheu Thai Party led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as the US embassy in Bangkok. About 300 police were deployed outside the party offices after the protest leaders announced their plan.

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A senior Thai monk, Luang Pu Buddha Isara, the abbot of Wat Or Noi in central Nakhon Pathom province, said he would take over as the anti-government protest leader if current leader Suthep Thaugsuban was arrested.

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Luang Pu Buddha IsaraA senior Thai monk, Luang Pu Buddha Isara, the abbot of Wat Or Noi in central Nakhon Pathom province, said he would take over as the anti-government protest leader if current leader Suthep Thaugsuban was arrested.

He made the announcement in a speech against the Yingluck Shinawatra-led government at the government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road in Bangkok on November 28.

Lung Pu Buddha Isara said if Suthep was arrested, he would take over heading up the protests himself to show that a monk can lead the movement to eradicate the “Thaksin regime”.

He also told Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tarit Pengdith to request an arrest warrant for him, just as police had obtained one for Suthep, because he also caused the illegal assembly of more than 10 people. He said he was behind Suthep’s decision to move the protesters from in front of the DSI building to the adjacent government complex.

The monk asked why Tarit did not arrest former monk Luang Pu Nen Kham, who has been charged by the DSI with having sex with a minor, tax evasion, drug taking, manslaughter, money laundering, making false claims about possessing supernatural powers, and other offences.

Meanwhile, rumours were spreading that the Thai Air Force had a plan to assassin Suthep, an allegation that has been immediately rejected by air force officials. Protesters on November 29 were moving in a cheerful march through Bangkok’s streets, heading to the headquarters of the Pheu Thai Party led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as the US embassy in Bangkok. About 300 police were deployed outside the party offices after the protest leaders announced their plan.

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