January 07, 2014 00:00
By ASINA PORNWASIN
STUDENTS are gathering to join the protest of the People's Democratic Reform Committee at the Lat Phrao Intersection on January 13.
“We want to express the power of students who care for the country. Our mission is reform before the election. This is the last fight. We will collaborate with more and more students from more universities.
We hope to have students from 10 universities join us on the day of the Bangkok shutdown,” Jirachai Pornsirianan, a senior economics student and leader of the “Look Mae Sai Hau Jai Rak Chat” group of students at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said yesterday.
The UTCC students are coordinating with their counterparts at Kasetsart University, Rangsit University and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Ladkrabang to encourage students to assemble at the stage at the Lat Phrao Intersection.
Student power is “innocent” because they do not support the Democrat Party. They just want to have reform of the country before going to the polls, he said.
“If the Pheu Thai Party wins and becomes the government after completing the country’s reform, that would be acceptable. But not now before the election,” he said.
Jirachai’s group has participated in the PDRC’s rallies several times already, but this time they want to expand the scale of student power from only UTCC to the other campuses.
“This is the final battle for real democracy. We want reform before an election. We will stay at the Lat Phrao Intersection until we win. There must not be the election on February 2, and caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra must resign, and we |have to set up the People’s Council,” he said.
Akanat Promphan, spokesman for the PDRC, said his group led by Suthep Thaugsuban will march today to drum up support for the Bangkok “shutdown”.
They will start at the Democracy Monument at 8.30am and head to the Thon Buri side of Bangkok, passing along Pinklao Bridge, Arun Amarin, Charan Sanitwong, Sirindhorn Road, Krungthon Bridge, Samsen Road and Bang Lamphoo before returning to their major rally site.