Protesters rally at Pheu Thai Party headquarters against separatism

national March 05, 2014 00:00

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The Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSRT) led protesters on Wednesday to rally at the ruling Pheu Thai Party headquarters, demanding the party stop supporting separatism.

The anti-government protesters mobilised following the remarks of Jarupong Ruangsuwan, Pheu Thai Party leader and caretaker interior minister, who allegedly showed support for a call by some pro-government supporters to separate the north and the northeastern regions into a new country.

The protesters led by Nitithorn Lamlua and Uthai Yodmanee left their Chamai Marchet Bridge site to the party headquarters on Phetchaburi Road, to campaign against the separation of the country.

They tried to remove the word "Thai" from the ruling party's headquarters' banner, claiming that the party has not done for the country, but instead, for the benefit of themselves.

As the removal failed, they covered the party banner with the new one which reads "Stop Separating the Country".

Before leaving the compound, Uthai said he would continue following caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as all Pheu Thai ministers.

They later moved to the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning to urge civil servants to stop working for the caretaker government.