Suthep says protesters will not blockade polling units on February 2

Suthep says protesters will not blockade polling units on February 2

People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban declared last night that anti-government protesters will not blockade all polling units but will allow them to open on February 2 election.

His declaration of no obstruction of the polling units earlier feared by the Election Commission and the Center for the Administration for Peace and Order has eased rising concern of expected violence between protesters and voters at the polling units.

Suthep kicked off the second day of the 3-day street march to gather support from Bangkok people to boycott election and to join the ouster of the caretaker prime minister in biggest protest rally on February 2.

He marched from Pathumwan to join the protest site at Lard Phrao intersection along Ratchadapsek and Lard Phrao road.

At last night address to supporters, Mr Suthep reasoned why he would not lead protesters to blockade polling units because he did not want the people to fall into the trap of the caretaker government and the CMPO who wanted to see violence and then blamed the protesters of inciting violence.

He said leading protesters to blockade polling units held high risk of violent confrontation and armed attack by hooligans hired by the authorities.

If violence broke out, it would be exploited by CMPO and corrupted officials to blame protesters of inciting violence.

Instead, Mr Suthep said, on the election day, Bangkok will be turned into the biggest ever shopping streets as all traffic will be paralyzed when protesters occupying roads to hold protest rallies.

However, sources said that Mr Suthep strongly believed the February 2 will be nullified because of various legal problems involved after it is held.

Source: thaipbs.or.th