THAILAND - Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the Civil Movement for Democracy, declared last night that tomorrow would be the "day of people's victory" when protesters plan to occupy key ministries, including Government House.
Speaking at a makeshift stage at the Government Complex, Suthep told thousands of protesters that all state agencies at the complex in Nonthaburi would be occupied from last night. He also called on all officials there to stop working until further notice.
Only officials from the Administrative Court, Constitutional Court and the Thai Armed Forces would be allowed to enter the complex, he said.
"The force of the people will take control of this complex, as well as [the nearby] CAT Telecom and TOT Plc," he announced, adding that workers from both telecom firms would help them take control of these premises.
Agencies his group would occupy were Government House, Royal Thai Police headquarters, the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Education Ministry, Dusit Zoo, Interior Ministry, Commerce Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Public Relations Department and the Labour Ministry, where the government's Centre for Administration of Peace and Order is located.
He said many policemen were already stationed at the Education Ministry and Dusit Zoo.
Suthep called on employees of state enterprises to stop working from Monday, other than those at firms that involve public services, such as Thai Airways and the Bangkok Metropolitan Mass Transit.
He also asked protesters in the provinces to occupy city halls as part of the effort to "uproot the Thaksin regime".
The former Democrat MP also announced the formation of a new group called People's Committee for Changing Thailand into Complete Democracy under a Constitutional Monarchy. Suthep will serve as secretary-general of the new group and said the Government Complex would be used as its command centre.