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PDRC struggle may take three to six months, predicts key member

THE STRUGGLE between the caretaker administration and the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) will last another three to six months, PDRC key member Anek Nakabut predicted yesterday.

A decisive moment will only come in three to six months," Anek, who played a part in the 1973 revolt, said.

Anek, speaking at a symposium on "learning from the great mass of people", organised by the Rung Arun School, blamed foreign powers for being behind the ills of Thai politics - not just the incumbent administration and fugitive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. However, he did not elaborate on what role these foreign powers play in Thai politics.

"We're going to make new history! This is the decisive point of Thai history. We came out because our hearts called for it, because we love Thailand and the King," he said in a voice choked with emotion.

He warned that if the PDRC did not win, Thailand would become more corrupt than African countries.

"Are we not a majority today?" he asked the rapturous audience, which included students at the alternative school in southern Bangkok known for its method of teaching through nature, and for its exorbitant tuition fees. Anek said he believed the decisive battle would be fought via the social media.

Speaking in a personal capacity, the school's founder Prapapat Niyom said this was the perfect time for Thailand to push for reform. Citing a respondent to a survey on why people were joining the PDRC rally, she said: "He came because he couldn't bear people defaming the monarchy."

Veteran TV journalist Somkiat Onwimon, who has spoken on the PDRC stage several times, also said this was the last hope for Thailand and protesters need to persevere.

Gawin Chutima, a veteran NGO worker, said: "No matter who wins, you will have to coexist with those who have lost. You can't change their views. We must think ahead, as to how we can coexist in a friendly manner."

He confessed that he was not even able to discuss some aspects of politics with his own wife and mother. "The situation is becoming more constrained. People who think differently are viewed as the enemy."


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