Thailand: Red Shirts threaten to ‘surround Bangkok’

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redshirtsWith the political situation in Thailand having reached an impasse as both sides – the government and the street protesters – won’t move from their standpoints, the embattled Shinawatra-led government is now obviously resorting to mobilise its powerful and loyal supporters, the Red Shirts.

Having been reluctant so far to directly interfere in the street protests, the Red Shirts – known for their readiness to apply violence – said that they will rally in four provinces surrounding the capital Bangkok if the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) continues its demand for a people’s council and urges the caretaker government to resign.

Arnon Saenan, secretary-general of the Red Village movement in the rural province of Isaan, said red-shirts from the northeast would converge in Nakhon Ratchasima province, those from the north would gather in Nakhon Sawan, those from the central region in Ayutthaya, and those from the south in Phetchaburi if the protesters continue their demands, but he didn’t give a date.

The mobilisation of the Red Shirts seems also have to do with threats by anti-government rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban on December 10 that Shinawatra family members would become the next targets of the anti-government protesters.

Prime Minister YIngluck Shinawatra shrugged off an ultimatum by Suthep to step down by 10.30pm on December 10 to pave the way for the appointment of an interim prime minister and the setting up of a “people’s council”.

Suthep said only when the prime minister steps down, he would ask protesters to go home.

“If this is not finished, people in the Shinawatra family won’t find any happiness in their lives,” he said.

 

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With the political situation in Thailand having reached an impasse as both sides – the government and the street protesters – won’t move from their standpoints, the embattled Shinawatra-led government is now obviously resorting to mobilise its powerful and loyal supporters, the Red Shirts.

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redshirtsWith the political situation in Thailand having reached an impasse as both sides – the government and the street protesters – won’t move from their standpoints, the embattled Shinawatra-led government is now obviously resorting to mobilise its powerful and loyal supporters, the Red Shirts.

Having been reluctant so far to directly interfere in the street protests, the Red Shirts – known for their readiness to apply violence – said that they will rally in four provinces surrounding the capital Bangkok if the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) continues its demand for a people’s council and urges the caretaker government to resign.

Arnon Saenan, secretary-general of the Red Village movement in the rural province of Isaan, said red-shirts from the northeast would converge in Nakhon Ratchasima province, those from the north would gather in Nakhon Sawan, those from the central region in Ayutthaya, and those from the south in Phetchaburi if the protesters continue their demands, but he didn’t give a date.

The mobilisation of the Red Shirts seems also have to do with threats by anti-government rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban on December 10 that Shinawatra family members would become the next targets of the anti-government protesters.

Prime Minister YIngluck Shinawatra shrugged off an ultimatum by Suthep to step down by 10.30pm on December 10 to pave the way for the appointment of an interim prime minister and the setting up of a “people’s council”.

Suthep said only when the prime minister steps down, he would ask protesters to go home.

“If this is not finished, people in the Shinawatra family won’t find any happiness in their lives,” he said.

 

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