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Protesters promise no airport, bourse seizure

The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on Tuesday gave assurances that they would not seize the airport, key transportation systems and the stock market, but would continue demonstrating to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan told a press briefing on Tuesday morning that the "Bangkok Shutdown" had received positive feedback from the public.

He said the protesters had today scattered to rally at some 10 state building compounds, while protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban is scheduled to visit his supporters at several rally sites including Lumpini Park, Asoke intersection, Ratchaprasong intersection and Lat Phrao 5way intersection.

Akanat said the PDRC would prolong its "Bangkok Shutdown" indefinitely until the caretaker government meets the group's demands, which include resignation from the caretaker position and carrying out national reforms before holding a general election.

The spokesman said that reports that some antigovernment protesters plan to seize the airport, the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, the train stations, public transport system and the Stock Exchange of Thailand were groundless and the PDRC would not do this.

He reasoned that the PDRC wants the public to be least affected by its movement and is giving them other options for commuting.

If the PDRC allies decided to close the key transportation system, Akanat said the group would negotiate with them but it was unlikely that they would make any move that went beyond the PDRC resolution.

Akanat also confirmed that the PDRC will not join Wednesday’s talks as proposed by the caretaker premier regarding the election postponement, saying it is the duty of the Election Commission and the caretaker government to find a solution.


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