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Protesters in large numbers at Nakonsrithammarat

UPDATE One Million People on Thailand's Streets: Latest Protest Deadline

Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Protesters at Sunday night's demonstration in Bangkok were told the call for one million people to join the anti-Thaksin movement in the streets would now be made next Sunday - a week earlier than planned.

Original Report

PHUKET: In a speech to Bangkok protesters last night, Suthep Thaugsuban called for one million people to join the movement to end the corrupt influence of Thaksin Shinawatra in Thailand.

He called especially for government workers to join the protest and ''shake off the control'' of the Thaksin system.

Although the former Prime Minister has been living in exile from Thailand since 2006, he is said to have a say in many senior appointments and run government policy.

Khun Suthep called on the ''good staff' working under people who were Thaksin-sanctioned appointees to protest on November 30.

In his speech, Khun Suthep claimed that every policeman appointed as a superintendent had to pay between 10 million and 20 million baht, without having a say in where they would be posted.

''The decision is made by Thaksin,'' Khun Suthep said. ''If you don't believe me, go ask the chief of police.''

The fugitive Prime Minister also made decisions about provincial governors and many other key administrators, Khun Suthep said. He was speaking an the main stage at the Ratchadamnoen Road protest site.

Other measures have also been proposed, as well as the million people street protest.

These include a boycott of products and services associated with the Shinawatra family - a list has been posted online - and a campaign to impeach the 310 MPs who voted in favor of the now-discredited amnesty bill.

Khun Suthep and seven colleagues have resigned as MPs to battle to bring down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and end her brother's powerful influence over Thailand.

The political plot in Thailand thickens next week with Red government supporters staging a three-day campaign in the streets leading up to a Constitutional Court decision on whether the ruling Pheu Thai party deserves to survive.

In social networks, people purporting to be Red officials are offering 1500 baht a day to readers to join their protest.

Former Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, brother-in-law of Thaksin Shinawatra, departed Bangkok last week for Hong Kong with his wife.

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So paying for being appointed to a high ranking public position is invented by Thaksin? That is truly an announcement.

Posted by Sherlock on November 17, 2013 18:27

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In his speech, Khun Suthep claimed that "every policeman appointed as a superintendent had to pay between 10 million and 20 million baht, without having a say in where they would be posted."

This is a mind boggling figure. If Khun Suthep can prove this, then it will go a long way to resolving corruption issues.

No wonder the police are 'forced' to look for avenues to earn money. This is presumably on behalf of their superiors to quite some degree.

Posted by Logic on November 17, 2013 20:11

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And of course there was no corruption at all under the Yellow Shirts.

Posted by Tbs on November 17, 2013 22:38

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Mr suthep is just another tyrant who hides behind the Thai flag. He wants to topple the government at any price. This country has a long record of protests and coop's. Now as i write this the bussines people from abroad are discussing ways to move their money elsewhere. Tourists are planning holidays elsewhere and generally faith is being lost because of dictators like Suthep.Stop now before it gets really out of hand and there will be violence for sure.

Posted by Anonymous on November 18, 2013 08:49


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