PDRC withdrawing to Lumpini Park rally site

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) chief advisor Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Saturday thanked the anti government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for his decision to dissolve the rally sites at intersections and to return roads to the public on Monday.

Mr Surapong who is caretaker Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Affairs Minister said the CMPO would like to thank Mr Suthep for removing their protest sites to reopen for traffic which would facilitate the flow of business.

Howeve, Mr Surapong said that if possible, he wanted to see Mr Suthep end the protest as the previous several attempts to intensify the demonstrations had failed and kept on changing its demands all the time.

He said Mr Suthep could not win over the caretaker government and would finally “dig his own grave.”

Mr Surapong said that Mr Suthep has 10 days to think about it.

Mr Suthep, the secretary general of People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) announced on Friday night an end to the “Bangkok Shutdown,” by removing stages at the rally sites of Asoke, Silom, Pathumwan, Ratchaprasong intersection, and leaving a remaining one at Lumpini Park.

He said a new stage would be set up at Lumpini Park which would run protests 24 hours a day. Mr Suthep added that the PDRC would rearrange its plan and would continue to seal off government offices and target the Shinawatra’s family business.

Meanwhile, Tarit Pengdith, a CMPO member and director general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said that Mr Suthep’s decision to merge the protest site and reopen the road was considered a good sign.

However, he said, the CMPO was still worried over the rally site at Chaeng Wattana and around the Government House.

Mr Tarit has also demanded the pro-government group of the Radio for Democracy Network to end its blockade of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) office in Nonthaburi.

He said their actions were against the law and caused difficulty for the general public.
(MCOT online news)‎

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