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Protesters to disassemble Ratchdamnoen rally site during Jan 13 Bangkok seizure

 BANGKOK, Jan 4 – Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban announced last night that anti-government protesters will disassemble the rally site on Ratchdamnoen Avenue on January 13 when Bangkok is seized and paralysed.
“We’ll leave Ratchdamnoen and won’t come back. We’ll dismantle the stage here but will instead occupy government properties as our rally grounds,” said the leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).
He called on provincial citizens who wanted to join the “Bangkok shutdown” to gather on Ratchdamnoen Avenue on January 12, and to be prepared for massive demonstrations which will occupy at least 20 major streets in the capital.
“A new battle ground will be open after Ratchdamnoen stage is gone,” he said. “The government has invested heavily to employ the media to tarnish the PDRC’s reputation. I’ve been harassed and intimidated but I’m ready to fight fist to fist.”
“I don’t have to hold on to a reputation for I will no longer be a politician. I have no fear.”
He said he sympathised with police who have been forced to fight against protesters, adding that it would be impossible to assign a large number of policemen, even 80,000 to 100,000, to deal with millions of people who will occupy the streets of Bangkok on January 13.
“I was told police have planned to disperse protesters on January 11. Let me warn [the national police chief] that you will no longer be welcome in Thailand if you assault people the way you did at Din Daeng [on December 23] We will regroup even if you disperse us,” he said.  (MCOT online news)

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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