Suthep leads protesters out of Din Daeng registration venue

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BANGKOK, Dec 24 – Protesters blocking candidacy registration in the capital withdrew from the Thai-Japanese Stadium venue in Din Daeng Tuesday evening after which they were led back to the Democracy Monument by protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

Mr Suthep, secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), said the anti-government activity would be adjusted with an emphasis on removing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The Election Commission (EC) is in the process of registering party-list candidates for the February 2 election. The registration is being held until Friday.

“We have not obstructed the election. We merely showed our disagreement to the election. Our mission is accomplished,” he said.

Mr Suthep stood firm that an election must not be held before national reform takes place, adding that the government-proposed reform council would not genuinely represent the Thai people.

Politicians must not be included in the people’s council to allow members to widely discuss a law on vote-buying prevention, said Mr Suthep.

“If the prime minister refuses to quit before February 2, I assure you that there’ll be no election in Bangkok. All roads in the capital will be closed as people will come out to chase the prime minister,” he said.