THAILAND - Anti-government rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Friday night set December 9 as the D-Day for what he called "people's uprising" against the Thaksin Regime and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government.
Speaking at the rally site at the Government Complex, Suthep, who is charged with sedition, said that on the morning of December 9, he would lead protesters on a march to the Government House despite the time this would take. Protesters from other rally sites at Rajdamnoen and Makkawan would also start to march simultaneously at 9.39am.
Once when they arrive at the Government House, they will not force entry into the premises with the intention of occupying it. Instead, they will conduct the protest outside the venue.
He called for people to leave their offices and homes to join the demonstrations and show their desire to uproot the Thaksin Regime as well as the corrupt and illegitimate government of Yingluck Shinawatra. He challenged people those who preferred to stay home or did not want to join, saying "you can do that if you want to let the Thaksin Regime control you for the rest of your life."
He reiterated that once he leaves the rally site, he will not go back. "I will not turn back. I will fight until the end. I will accept the results of the December 9 battle. If we don't win, I will turn myself in to face the charges against me," he told the cheering crowds. He once again underlined that there would be no violence as the protesters are not armed.
He also warned people of heavy traffic that day because of the march by protesters from the rally sites.