PAD Announces Victory and End to Rallies

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192-DAY PROTEST END!

Protesters will come back if Thaksin’s nominees return to power

The core leaders of the PAD held a press conference this evening stating that since Somchai Wongsawat is now dismissed from the premier post, the PAD has achieved its rally goal. Therefore, the protesters will disperse peacefully from its rally sites at Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi Airports tomorrow morning at 10 am.

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PAD ends all rallies 10.00 am Dec 3

The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), after holding a marathon 192-day protest, declared an end to all rallies as of 10.000 am tomorrow (Dec 3), a few hours after the Constitutional Court handed down verdicts to disband three political parties in the current coalition government. The country’s biggest, ruling party, People’s Power Party, is the hardest hit. All its 37 executive members, including Premier Somchai Wongsawat, will be banned from politics for five years.

Sondhi Limthongkul, reading PAD’s statement, at around 6.00 pm, said the protestors will return to the streets if the new governerment attempts to amend the constitution to benefit the Thaksin regime — or if any effort is made to curtail royal powers.

“After 192 days of protest and about 10 of us killed and hundreds injured by war weapons used by our opponents, we have decided to call off the rallies because we have achieved our victory. But we will be ready to come back if things go wrong again,” he said.

The question now is: Who’s going to be the next prime minister? Will Thaksin make a return in one form or another. Who will be his “third generation of nominees” after Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat?

Watch out for my next posting here.

Musings from Thailand

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PAD cease all anti-government protests

People’s Alliance for Democracy which seized the Government House and two Bangkok airports announced an end to its protests at all spot.

Within a few hours after the Constitution Court dissolved People Power Party, People’s Alliance for Democracy, which had led seizures of the Government House and two Bangkok airports, declared an end to their demonstrations.

“We have won a victory and achieved our aims,” media mogul and PAD founder Sondhi Limthongkul said, reading a statement to reporters.

“All protests will stop as of December 3 at 10am. We have gained our victory already. If there is something wrong, we will mobilize people and stage another protest,” Sondhi told the cheering crowds. 

Other PAD’s co-leaders said they decided to end the protests because they won over what they called Thaksin’s nominees.

The end of all protests came a few hours after the Constitution Court dissolved People Power Party, Matchima Tipatayai and Chart Thai parties early on the day.

The leaders took turn to declare victories on a stage at Suvarnabhumi Airport at about 7pm. “All people can go home now. We are the victors now.

“However we will be ready to come back if the country wants us too,” they told the cheering crowds.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, PAD said they achieved the victory because the protests’ objectives were already met following the Constitution Court’s ruling to disband the three parties which were nominees of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

Another objective was to protest any attempt to amend the constitution. “Now our objectives were met, we decide to end our protest,” read the statement.

PAD-led protests, which lasted 192 days, has been the longest in the Thai history.

The statement reiterated that PAD will lead protesters back if nominee of Thaksin comes back to power or there is any attempt to amend the charter to reduce power of the monarch

The Nation 

PAD victory Photo Gallery (DayLife)

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