Thailand protest leader says will give up if violence escalated to civil war

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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Bangkok: In their latest push to unseat PM Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai protesters on Monday blocked all major roads leading to the capital to shut down Bangkok in a bid to disrupt the snap elections scheduled for Feb 2.

Ratcheting up their campaign against the PM, the protesters donning T-shirts with “Shutdown” inscribed on them, thronged the major intersections in the country.

The protesters want to topple the Shinawatra government and establish an unelected “People’s Council” that would oversee the electoral reforms. Over 18,000 securitymen were deployed to maintain law and order in the capital.The elections were called by the PM in face of the persistent protests led by Suthep Thaugsuban.

Suthep , who has vowed to uproot the Thaksin regime, has rejected the polls already, saying that it will retain the regime in place.

Speaking to the protesters from Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on Sunday, he roared that the elctions would result not in a “win-win situation, but only one win – referring to that of the Thaksin regime.

“The people cannot negotiate … there is no win-win situation, there is only win,” he said.

Suthep however said that he would give up if the violence escalated into a civil war, reported local newspapers.

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