Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of People's Democratic Reform Committee, received a warm welcome on Friday when he led protesters to rally at the Public Health Ministry.
Suthep led a motorcade of protesters from Lumpini Park to the Ministry.
Cheers greeted Suthep and protesters on their arrival, with many public health officials handing cash donations to Suthep. Several also posed for photos with Suthep, who spent more than 30 minutes talking with staff outside the building.
Stepping inside the ministry, Suthep was welcomed by Public Health Permanent Secretary Narong Sahamethapat. The two hugged each other and Narong led Suthep to meet other senior public health officials.
After a round of discussions that finished at 12.40pm, PDRC leaders gave flowers to Narong and Suthep presented a golden whistle to the permanent secretary for supporting the country’s reforms.
Suthep then told a press conference that officials of the Public Health had always supported the PDRC for the reform and his visit had been a courtesy.
After the discussions, he felt confident that the public health officials shared the same stand as the PDRC on the fight for reforms.
Narong told the press conference that public health officials would like to see three reforms – health system, political system and the bureaucratic system.
After the press conference, Suthep and other PDRC leaders lunched with senior public health officials. The officials prepared chicken noodles for the PDRC leaders while the PDRC leaders gave the officials the lunch boxes prepared for the protesters.