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Protest leader Suthep details January 13 strategy

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Thursday detailed the plan on January 13 when the anti-government protesters will shut down the capital to put pressure on Yingluck government.

Suthep, secretary genral of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), said that he took the stage at Rajadamnoen tonight to explain the plan to prevent further mudslinging on the protesters by the government and red shirts supporters.

He called the mass rally on January 13 the civil disobedience to show to the world community of Yingluck government’s failure to administer the country and that Thai people will no longer resist its corruptions and abuse of power.

"I do not want Thailand to become a failed state. Our mass rally will on the contrary demonstrate that Yingluck government which is under Thaksin Regime corrupted and did nothing to serve people and the country," he said to the cheering crowds.

Yingluck government and her cabinet members had resisted demands by millions of people who joined the mass rallies held on December 9 and 22 last year.

He said that on that day, people will take to the streets and they are free to set up their own stage at intersections to air their criticism on the Yingluck government.

Former and present students of Chulalongkorn University will be responsible for stage at Pathumwan intersection, while businessmen of Silom to set up stage at Suan Lumpini Park and alumni of National Institute of Development Administration to be responsible for stage at Asoke.

Those of Kasetsart University will set up stage at Lardprao intersection while former Thammasat University Seri Wongmontha, stars and artists to be speakers at stage at Ratchaprasong.

"All roads will be taken by people and become walking streets as people will show their power and their rejection of the Yingluck government and Thaksin Regime."

Reiterating that the protesters will cut electrity and tap water of government offices, Suthep said however the measures will not be done on people’s houses. All public transportations such as buses, skytrains, subways and airplanes will not be affected and all roads will have a spare lane for ambulances and other emergency matters. He said govrnment vehicles however will not be allowed to use the spare lane.

He added television stations that allowed the government side to air the lies against the protesters should find the way to improve their broadcast. "Many TV stations hosted programmes for academicians who supported the government to air their biased opinions against the protests. If they want to be neutral, the academicians from our side should be allowed to join the programme also," Suthep said.



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