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Suthep prepares PDRC faithful for 'final battle' against govt

Anti-Government People's Demo-cratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban vowed yesterday that his group was launching a final battle to topple caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in three to seven days.

Suthep made the comment to Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) staff as he led thousands of protesters to PEA headquarters on Ngamwongwan Road in Nonthaburi, in an attempt to persuade state enterprise employees to join the upcoming mass protest to oust Yingluck.

"We need to win in this [final] battle. It may take three, five, or seven days," he told PEA staff. "There will be several special operations along with the rally."

Suthep told supporters at Lumpini Park on Wednesday night that on April 30 he would announce when and where the PDRC would have the final rally and urged supporters nationwide to get ready when he blew the whistle.

"It will be the final, the end of our almost six-month-long peaceful protest, when all people come out together to overthrow her [Yingluck]," he said.

He added that if Yingluck was not toppled, he was "ready to give up and turn myself in to the police and let these bad guys remain in power to plunder the country".

PEA staff welcomed PDRC leaders with the blowing of whistles, roses, money garlands and lemonade. "PDRC and PEA … love the nation and reform Thailand" was written on the cups.

Suthep had earlier received strong support from executives at several state enterprises, saying they were just waiting for him to "blow the whistle again". They included executives from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.

Suthep plans to march to Thai Airways International's head office today. The national carrier's union has vowed to come out in full force to welcome him.

Meanwhile, United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship adviser Thida Tavornseth said the body would hold six "warm-up" rallies in some provinces over the next week as a rehearsal for a mass rally prior to the Constitutional Court ruling on Yingluck's premiership status. The case relates to the unlawful transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri.


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