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Suthep Thaugsuban announces and end to the Bangkok Shutdown

On two posts on the Facebook page of the PDRF Suthep has announced he will return all traffic junctions shut down in the protests in his first post he says –

“We have shut down Bangkok for a month and a half. We have succeeded in shutting down government functions serving the Thaksin regime. Let us applaud those agencies that have shut themselves down, especially public health personnel and medical professionals. Other government agencies have joined us on stage, even representatives from the Ministry of Commerce. And people from all over the country, from every province, have joined us here.

suthep 1However, Yingluck and her government continue to disregard the sacrifices that all of you have made in this regard, including those of you from Bangkok who have been so generous. Bangkokians, we thank you for your continued kindness and patience, and your amazing adaptation to these changed conditions. “It is all for the better of the country,” you have said. On behalf of the PDRC and all bodies who support us, we thank all Bangkokians from the bottom of our hearts.

As a token of our appreciation, the PDRC leaders have unanimously agreed to return all traffic junctions that we have shut down to Bangkokians – Silom/Asoke/ Ratchaprasong/Pathumwan. This is not because CMPO or Chalerm is demanding us to do this, but because we care about Bangkok and would like to return it to its owners.”

And  in his second “From Monday we will conduct a big cleaning of all rally sites. However, the closure of our demonstration sites does not mean the end of our demonstrations against Yingluck and the Thaksin regime. We hope that our returning of this space will allow more Bangkokians to come join us, particularly as we continue to shut down government offices and invite civil servants to come join us, and Shinawatra business interests. We will focus especially on the latter.

And we will be setting up a new demonstration site at Lumpini Park. Getting there is easy on the BTS or MRT. We will be open 24 hours a day, and will maintain this site in parallel with our shutting down of government offices and targeting Shinawatra business interests.

We have decided on Lumpini park as our new location because it has meeting facilities allowing us to rally and hold national seminars on reform in earnest. We will open our new site this Sunday evening so we invite all of you to join our opening ceremony.

So on Monday we will return all traffic sites to Bangkokians. We apologize for all inconveniences that we have caused, although it was a necessary part of our fight against the Thaksin regime. We reiterate our thanks to Bangkok again. Thank you!”

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