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simultaneous rallies planned

Suthep vows to paralyse Bangkok Sunday

People's Democratic Reform Committee secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban declared that protesters would paralyse Bangkok traffics at least half a day on Sunday with simultaneous demonstrations around the capital.

He said about 1.7 million to 2.3 million people would join the demonstrations from 1 pm to 6pm.

He said the demonstrations would cover 577,000 square metres of Bangkok streets and adjacent areas in the city.

Rally stages would be set up at the Victory Monument, Ratchathevi, Pathumvan, Samyan, Lumpini Park, Siam, Ratchaprasong, Ploenchit and Asoke.

"On December 22, we will try not to make you, people, too tired. So, we have an appointment on December 22 and the demonstrations will begin at 1pm," Suthep told the rally at the Democracy Monument Wednesday night.

"Those who live near [planned rally sites], please come out to join the rallies. I would like to invite you to join rallies on Rajdamnoen, Urupong Intersection, on Phetchaburi Road.

"We will set up small rally stages at the Victory Monuments and Ratchathewi Intersection, Pathumvan Intersection, Samyan, Ratchaprasong, and Asoke. There will be monitors for relaying the signal. Please join the rallies at your convenience."

Suthep said the demonstrators would disperse at 6 pm and if Yingluck Shinawatra refused to resign as the caretaker prime minister, he would hold more mass and simultaneous rallies.

He said his group estimated that the rallies would cover some 577,000 square metres. At the calculation of three demonstrators per a square metre, there would be at least 1.7 million protesters if the areas are fully occupied, Suthep said.

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