In defiance of the authorities, the pro-election activists today (Feb 17) unveiled series of demonstrations between February-May with two major rallies in Bangkok to demand the government to hold the election this year.
“As long as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) stays on in power, we will step up the show of power. Whoever wants to join with us, please join, especially in May which coincides with the 4th year anniversary of the coup by the NCPO. If it were an elected government, it would have started thinking about the election,” said Rangsiman Rome, the core leader of the pro-election movement.
“We will make May to be the month that the people across the country to think about election,” he said.
Mr Rangsiman outlined the timetables of the group’s political activities as follows:
- February 18: The so-called Start Up People Group will gather at the Thao Suranari monument in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima before the start a long march to other northeastern provinces.
- February 24: A political event will be held at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus, starting at 3 pm.
- March 10: A major rally will be held at location yet to be announced.
- March 24: Participants are to gather at a location yet to be announced.
- May: Public gatherings to be held every Saturday.
- May 19-22: Overnight rally until May 22 which marks the 4th year anniversary of the coup.
Mr Sirawith Serithiwat, core member of the Democracy Restoration Group, said the group launched the campaign for early election because it believes that the junta will always postpone the election for its own benefit.
“We merely want the government to hold the election within this year,” he said.