PDRC rallies at offices tied to Shinawatras

national February 25, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters yesterday travelled from various rally sites to demonstrate outside government agencies and the offices of businesses associated with the Shinawatra family.

Protesters led by Phra Buddha Issara started rallying outside the Voice TV satellite TV station yesterday after arriving in five buses and several pickup trucks.
The TV station is owned by Panthongtae Shinawatra, who is the son of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and nephew of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck.
The monk announced that some of the farmers who have been rallying in front of the Commerce Ministry would move to protest in front of the TV station, where they would spend the night. 
Protesting farmers were dissatisfied that the TV station had reported they were not actual farmers, the monk said. “So the farmers want to show that they are the real thing,” he said.
The station was guarded by 20 police officers led by Pol Colonel Charoen Srisalak, deputy commander of Metropolitan Police Division 2.
The monk criticised the police for guarding the TV station instead of helping farmers.
He said police should set up a new police station at the TV station if they wanted to serve the “Thaksin regime”.
Meanwhile, a PDRC group based at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park led by Withaya Kaewparadai marched to the Customs Department in Klong Toei district and asked officials to stop work and join their anti-government protest. Withaya also led protesters to the offices of M-Link Asia Corporation on Sukhumvit Soi 62. The firm is owned by Somchai and Yaowapha Wongsawat, the brother-in-law and sister of Thaksin. Protesters called on employees to stop work. 
PDRC members based at the Pathumwan rally site went in separate groups to the ministries of Industry; Science and Technology; and Foreign Affairs.
Protesters from the Ratchaprasong and Asoke intersections marched to the Finance and Energy ministries and the PTT head office.

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