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Thailand elections: Protesters target caretaker PM Yingluck's residence and state agencies

Published on Feb 4, 2014 11:43 AM
 
One of the anti-government protesters during a rally outside a government office where Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra had been holding a meeting in Bangkok on Feb 3, 2014. A group of fast-moving protesters would be dispatched on Tuesday to lay siege to Ms Yingluck's residence as well as state agencies that remain in operation, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A group of fast-moving protesters would be dispatched on Tuesday to lay siege to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's residence as well as state agencies that remain in operation, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said.

Suthep has told his People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) he would ensure that Bangkok is fully shut down before it declares victory.

He said protesters would not break into Ms Yingluck's house, but just sit on the road outside.

"From today, we believe that the government will resort to violence. After we accomplish this mission, we will declare our victory again," he said.

Another PDRC leader, Satit Wongnongtaey, the former Democrat MP for Trang, said apart from Ms Yingluck, the group would pressure all deputy PMs and other Cabinet ministers to quit.

He refused to elaborate on how he plans to achieve that mission but said junior coalition parties would be spared from the pressure to resign.

The PDRC has decided to dismantle its rally sites at Lat Phrao and Victory Monument, reasoning that those locations were easy targets for attacks.

Protesters from the two sites will shift to the Lumpini Park site, which can cater for thousands of protesters and will be upgraded as the main rally site. Pathumwan rally site outside MBK shopping centre was earlier its main site.

Suthep said on Sunday he would let Buddhist monk Luang Pu Buddha Issara decide on whether to dismantle the rally site at Chaeng Wattana and let protesters join other stages, which include Asoke and Ratchaprasong rally sites.

Some parts of the Government Complex in Chaeng Wattana will open some services for people from Tuesday, as the protesting monk reached an agreement on this on Monday with the Justice Ministry's deputy permanent secretary Thawatchai Thaikeo.

But Buddha Issara warned he would shut down the complex again if there was violence against the protesters.

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