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House dissolution meaningless : protest leaders

Photo : TPBS

Photo : TPBS

Photo : Nation Channel

Photo : Nation Channel

Thousands of anti-government protesters from all directions on Monday continued their march to the Government House despite Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's announcement on Monday morning that she will dissolve parliament.

Leaders of the protests, most of them were former Democrat MPs, said this had come too late and the dissolution of the House was now meaningless as the Yingluck government is still in the job as interim government.

They reiterated that the setting up of a "people's council" is necessary to ensure that the Thaksin Regime and its servants will not return.

The protests from eight routes started at 9.39am and headed to the Government House. The main march from the Government Complex that is led by Suthep Thausuban left before the set time as it had the longest distance to cover.

The protesters at the Government Complex left the venue at 8.30am. None of the protesters were left behind.

Some 50 vehicles joined the procession, which was led by a convoy of motorcyclists. Many people along the way joined the procession as it passed them.

Meanwhile Satit Wongnongtaey and Tavorn Senieum, protest leaders at the Democracy Monument, demanded that the caretaker government resign following House dissolution.

Satit told protesters that House dissolution was a first victory but was not enough for achieving real democracy and the protests would continue.

He said the People's Democratic Reform Committee wanted the people's council to be formed and the caretaker Cabinet to resign. Tavorn also said the protesters wanted the caretaker government to resign.

Meanwhile hundreds of protesters rallying near the Government House arrived at the venue and started their siege of the premises.

Yingluck is at the Royal Police Bureau headquarters on Pathumwan Road.


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