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Suthep pessimistic on mainstream political solutions
BANGKOK, Nov 28 – Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said today that the government’s resignation and House dissolution would neither solve Thailand’s political problems nor eliminate widespread election cheating.
He said he believed the Senate-rejected amnesty bill could be reincarnated under the parliamentary system.
The former Democrat MP who has engineered political rallies since October 31 said anti-government allies have demonstrated at city halls in many provinces countrywide to join the movement to wipe out what he calls the Thaksin regime.
Damages to the country, especially from the government’s populist policy, will be more severe if the Thaksin regime continues to be deeply-rooted in Thailand, he said.
Former Democrat MP Ekanat Prompan, spokesman of the anti-government group, said the group has set up three separate rally stages at the Democracy Monument on Ratchdamnoen Avenue, the government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, and the Finance Ministry on Soi Aree.
Similar anti-government activities are reported in more than 30 provinces and state enterprise employees will join the protesters after the Federation of State Enterprise Labour Unions officially announced work stoppage today and tomorrow.
Two separate groups rallied at the Defence Ministry and Education Ministry today, he said.
At the government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, civil servants reported to work as usual despite an overnight demonstration, led by Mr Suthep, at one of the buildings in the compound. A temporary kitchen was promptly set up to feed the protesters.
Some government officials and varied civil servants openly gave their moral support to and had their photos taken with protesters.
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