Civil obedience ends but anti-government protest more intense

As anti-government protest leaders have announced an end to the 3-day civil disobedience today, but larger scale of protest will be on their agenda and more intense. They set today’s 6 p.m. as the time to make known the next step which protesters will be told at the Democracy Monument rally.

Protest leader and former Surat Thani MP Suthep Thuagsuban told crowd of several thousands of supporters amid falling rain last night that the decision would be decided jointly today at 6 p.m. with indication it would be more intense but peaceful.

He said civil disobedience would end today but more intense protest would be continued to pressure what he now termed the Thaksin government.

He promised that the intense protest would not take long but end within this month. He did not elaborate but said more protest groups would  join the protest.

Suthep also attacked the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of manipulating the Yingluck government, and recalled that he was in the past approached by Thasin four tines to join his party but was rejected.

He said he had regarded Thaksin as  a friend who could call on his home in Surat Thani every time he needed but broke up all relation as soon as the former premier ordered his red-shirt comrades to attack the Democrat party’s rally in Chiang Mai where its former leader Chuan Leekpai and Abhisit Vejjajiva were addressing the people and students inside Chiangmai University.

He said now his home in Surat Thai has a poster which reads  “Thaksin is No Longer Welcomed Here”.

Meanwhile the Network of Students and People for Thailand Reform also switched from just protesting the amnesty bill to opposing the passage of the amendment of Article 190 of the Constitution which empowers  the prime minister as a sole decision maker in making any treaties with foreign countries  without seeking approval from Parliament.

Giving uch administrative power will make it easier for the government to enter into a treaty or an agreement which is not of national importance of which is not concerned with territorial sovereignty with foreign countries without parliamentary approval.

The amendment of Article 190 passed the approval of the joint sitting of the House of  Representatives and the Senate with a vote of 381 to 165 with nine abstentions on November 4 amid the political turmoil.

The amendment will become another cause of prolonged anti-government protests by opposition groups.