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PDRC supporters return to main site

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban leads supporters back to the main rally site at Democracy Monument. Thousands had camped outside the candidate registration venue, the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng, since Sunday evening.

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban leads supporters back to the main rally site at Democracy Monument. Thousands had camped outside the candidate registration venue, the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng, since Sunday evening.

Blockade of venue for registration of poll candidates deemed a success

The People's Democratic Reform Committee yesterday withdrew its supporters from the Thai-Japanese Stadium, which was surrounded since Sunday night to block the registration of candidates for the February election and declared the operation a success.

Meanwhile, protest organisers revised security measures after complaints from protesters and attacks against journalists.

PDRC chief Suthep Thaugsuban made a speech at the stadium yesterday afternoon, thanking supporters and asking them to return to the main rally site at Democracy Monument.

To further the group's policy against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra staying in power, he asked supporters to supply photos of her wherever she went. PRDC mobile teams would be dispatched to pursue and harass her with whistle-blowing or other symbolic gestures.

"Wherever she goes, in the beauty parlour, at work, having meals, she will face us pressuring her. Let's see if she can withstand being pressured to death like what we are going to do," he said. Suthep said he and 17 other core leaders would not meet with the Department of Special Investigation today and tomorrow but planned to request a postponement.

Core leader Akanat Promphan said earlier the decision to relocate protesters had nothing to do with the government's Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order announcing that the PDRC illegally disrupted the registration of party-list candidates, which ends on Friday.

Sanit Vejrangsri, a provincial official from Satun who was part of the protest, said he thought the demonstrators at the stadium had achieved their goal. He said he didn't know whether political parties would be able to register over the next few days.

He also said the protest site at Rajdamnoen Avenue was better because it was more festive.

Thanaphat Kongkaew, another protester from Satun, said she thought the move had succeeded after the two-day blockade.

Meanwhile, Cham, a Din Daeng resident who asked that her surname not be revealed, said protests in the area had no effect on her daily life. She said she could still sleep and sell goods.

PDRC co-leader Thaworn Senneam called a meeting of 200 guards at the Rajdamnoen rally site yesterday to set some rules after several protesters and media personnel complained. Thaworn said security guards must not allow people to disrupt the peace at rally sites and they should be polite to protesters and reporters. He said he would call a meeting with security chiefs at 5pm every day to analyse the situation and plan their work.

Over the past two days, some reporters were harassed by protesters and had difficulty doing their duty.






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