Democrat MPs to mobilise protesters to rally at Urupong: Interior Minister
Democrat Party MPs have played a role in mobilising people to join the anti-government rally at Urupong intersection, Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan alleged Monday.
Charupong said the government has assigned provincial governors to keep a close watch on the political situation following a report that a former party secretary-general had held talks with 20 people, including an individual known only as "Pou Khem", at a Surat Thani rubber cooperative about preparing a mass rally.
"As part of the plan, Democrat MP Nipit Intarasombat was assigned to bring 2,000 people from Chu-uat district, Nakhon Si Thammarat, to Urupong intersection," Charupong said.
"The government has assessed the situation and prepared measures to keep security and peace. I have ordered provincial governors and district chiefs to give an explanation to the people [to discourage them from joining the protest]. I believe the government can control the situation," he said.
Meanwhile, Senator Jetn Sirathranont said on Monday that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should opt either to step down or to dissolve the House in order to dissipate the looming political crisis.
The draft bill on amnesty, designed to favour fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and which is expected to come up for legislative debate, would trigger a crisis as a result of the street protests," he said.