Suthep sets January 13 for Bangkok shutdown

People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban declared Wednesday night that the planned shutdown of the entire capital will begin January 13.

In a speech to protesters at the Democracy Monument, the PDRC leader said the Bangkok shutdown would begin from 9.00 a.m. on January 13 with protest rallies at the capital’s 20 major intersections.

He said that protesters would seize major intersections in their responsible areas to hold rallies.

He attributed the partial shutdown of the capital on December 12 which was taken part by millions of people, saying the January 13 shutdown will be even bigger with more places to be blockaded with even larger number of the people.

For example, he said, the Pathumwan intersection would be seized by Chulalongkorn university students to hold activities while in other areas the people would choose by themselves which place they would hold rallies, they could do so.

He ruled out a proposal to black out the entire capital saying that it would affect the people.

However, he said, power blackout would be at government offices, houses of those cabinet ministers and senior government officials still serving the caretaker government.

But before the January 13 shutdown, the PDRC leader said that there would be major activities to mount pressure on the caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.

He said that on January 5-6 he would lead  street demonstration to various places in the capital to persuade the people to join the January 13 mass capital shutdown.

He compared the mass street demonstrations on January 5-6 to delivering invitation cards to the people to take part in the January 13’s seizure of the capital with their bare hands.

For PDRC supporters in the provinces, Mr Suthep said they still have 12 days to prepare for the People’s Revolution day.

He advised them to pack their suitcases for the capital siege operation because the fight would be prolonged.

But he said that if they were not convenient to arrive in the capital, they could siege provincial town halls simultaneously with Bangkok shutdown.

He assured that although the January 13 shutdown will be participated by millions of people, all will be peaceful.