Democrat leader condemns attacks, intimidation against protesters


BANGKOK, Jan 15 – Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said today that a series of attacks and intimidation of anti-government personalities including himself will not stop people’s determination for national reform.

He was referring to a bomb explosion at his Sukhumvit residence and the firing into protesters near Pathum Wan rally site late last night.

A security guard and a few protesters who stayed overnight in front of the Asia Hotel near Pathumwan intersection were injured but there was no injury at Mr Abhisit’s residence.

The bombing at his house followed similar incidents at the residences of Democrat members including former prime minister Chuan Leekpai and former Democrat MP Satit Wongnongtoey in Trang, and Issara Somchai’s residence in Ubon Ratchthani.

Mr Abhisit said he believed the attacks were politically motivated, adding that he had earlier told Democrats to be on alert for possible attacks and violence.

“The arrested, armed suspects denied involvement in the attack at my house but police should interrogate them on their purpose for possessing weapons. It is noticeable that violence has not harmed people in the government bloc,” he said.

He called on police to protect people in light of last night’s attacks.

Regarding today’s forum initiated by the government to discuss the Feb 2 election, Mr Abhisit said whether the election would be postponed or not should be up to a bilateral discussion between the prime minister and the Election Commission.

“The government stood firm that the election was necessary as imposed by the law. However, the EC has warned that the Feb 2 poll will be against the objectives of the Constitution. The prime minister will intentionally breach the Constitution if she moves on with the election – an offence for which she is accountable,” said the former prime minister.