PDRC vows to continue pressuring PM, but lift road blockades


BANGKOK, 2 March 2014  The People’s Democratic Reform Committee won’t give up attempts to close down businesses related to the Shinawatra family; however, it will call off the operation to paralyze the capital. 

PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban announced that the anti-government protesters would keep on pressuring Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until she decided to step down. He pledged to continue besieging government offices and businesses of the Shinawatra family.

Mr. Suthep however decided that the PDRC would call off rallies around Bangkok and would move to Lumpini Park where its anti-government activities will continue.

Meanwhile, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul expressed his thanks to the PDRC leader for his plan to open roads, saying if possible, the protests should end soon as the current conflict has done enough damage to the country as a whole.

Mr. Surapong also mentioned the extension of the Emergency Decree. He said the situation would have to be assessed before any decision could be made, while expressing a personal belief that the best way out of the political stalemate is through negotiations.

In the meantime, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has told members of the media that she was open to negotiations with Mr. Suthep as long as the process complied with the constitution.