A behind-the-scenes look at Thai protesters' 'war room'

A behind-the-scenes look at Thai protesters' 'war room'

Over the past 45 days of protests, protest leaders have crafted their planned movements at five war rooms.

The war rooms are where the leaders brainstormed on how to proceed with their protests and they have been moved in line with the rally sites and the number of protesters.

The first was set up on October 31, at Democrat Party's headquarters, when the protests were first held at Sam Sen.

Later, it moved to Democracy Monument, specifically at Sorn Dang restuarant, the third one at a shop in the Government Complex and the fourth at another restaurant belonging to the Royal Turf Club near Nang Lerng intersection. Yesterday, the war room returned to a place near Democracy Monument.

At the war rooms, Suthep Thaugsuban holds meetings with PDRC leaders up to three times a day to brainstorm these initiatives and also works with academics, who act as his legal advisers when drafting PDRC declarations, according to core PDRC co-leader Thaworn Senneam.

Thaworn admitted that writing the statements is not easy.

"Suthep reads each draft carefully and often makes corrections to the final draft. He has to announce the statement to the public and is responsible for the consequences," he said.

Thaworn also explained that although the PDRC is led by its secretary-general, its mandate under the so-called "people's revolution" is to return power to the people. The group was not the kind of military-installed body one expects with a coup, he said.

"Nowadays, a lot of information can be found on the Internet. It's possible to find many examples which we can use to produce our own version," Thaworn said.

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