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Thai protest leader says he met PM Yingluck and told her to hand power to people

Suthep Thaugsuban says he refused to negotiate and told Yingluck to hand power to the people

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 1:51pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 December, 2013, 12:27pm

The leader of Thailand's anti-government protests said he met Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday after day-long clashes between his supporters and police but told her he would accept nothing less than her resignation and a new government of an appointed council.

"I told Yingluck that this is the only and last time I see her until power is handed over to the people," Suthep Thaugsuban said in a televised speech.

"I told her the only solution is to hand over power to the people. There will be no bargaining and it must be finished in two days."

Suthep told supporters at one of the protest encampments that the meeting was held under the auspices of the military, which says it is neutral in the conflict.

He insisted that the talk did not constitute negotiations. The protesters had dubbed Sunday "victory day" but failed to attain their main stated goal of taking over the prime minister's offices, despite engaging in pitched street battles.

There was no immediate announcement from the government about the claimed talks.

Last week protesters tried to disrupt government activities by besieging and occupying parts of several ministries and other government offices.

About 30,000 protesters launched what they called a "people's coup" against the government yesterday, swarming state agencies and taking control of a broadcaster.

Police fired tear gas on protesters who hurled stones and petrol bombs in demonstrations that paralysed parts of Bangkok and followed a night of gun and knife battles in which four people were killed and dozens wounded.

A group of protesters forced Yingluck to flee from a building where she had planned to give media interviews, while hundreds seized control of state broadcaster Thai PBS.

Police tightened security after clashes on Saturday between supporters and opponents of Yingluck near a sports stadium where about 70,000 red-shirted government supporters had gathered. Five big shopping malls closed their doors in Bangkok, underscoring the economic impact of the protests.

One of Hong Kong's biggest travel agencies, Wing On Travel, had changed tourists' itineraries to avoid shopping malls. Some tour groups will now avoid Siam Square, a big shopping and entertainment district in the city.

Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, Agence France-Presse

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likingming
Luckily for them, they have the king apart from democracy.
Jordi
Sorry but its not as simple as that. The current government may have been voted into power in a free election, however the problem remains: Thaksin Shinawatra.
The demonstrators are middle class, educated Thais. They are the tax-payers who are sick that a puppet government of the corrupt Thaksin keeps getting voted in. Recently his sister tried to enact a law which would have allowed Thaksin to return to Thailand and be completely pardoned, a situation that appalled most right-minded Thais.
There was a lovely banner shown in Bangkok at the weekend; it read: "When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty"
It is good to see people fighting for what they believe is right. I wish some other lazy populations in democracies would do the same instead of exhibiting the current apathy towards politics which appears to be wide-spread. Corruption should be fought.
carmeledwin
There is also the problem that Thaksinn Shinawatra wants to get rid of the king and the royal family. I understand that he posted in a social media that he will be the first president of Thailand.
daily
Well-said and well-written.........
natalie.t.miller
This is absolutely true!!!
Dave196358
now I am confused wasn't the current government voted into power by the majority in a democratic election? so why are the minority wanting to give the power back to the people?
whymak
Yellow shirts got their coup d'etat and a new election. They lost. Now they demand another election. Will there be a stop to endless demands for more and more elections until the majority of Thais throw in the towel? What can HKers learn from this?
So far HK pan democrats have been acting the same way no different from the yellow shirts – saboteurs of the SAR government. Though this city has become ungovernable because CY caves in when the going gets tough, our government and society are still stable. But it won't last forever. If we let pan democratic nihilists gain any traction, HK may well be heading toward chaos.
whoaman
Now the blood of the dead are on this loser's hands - for the 'people' indeed.
whoaman
These yellow shirts and their 'leader' are doing this for 'democracy'. Pathetic bunch, really. I seem to recall that Yingluck became PM after a democratic election that she and her party won in a landslide...
What is wrong with these people??
kenny4600
a good example for Hong Kong indeed.
 
 
 
 
 

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