Thailand's rally at make or break stage

Thailand's rally at make or break stage

BANGKOK - Protest leaders are willing to surrender if they fail to dislodge the Yingluck Shinawatra administration and the so-called "Thaksin regime", a spokesman for the group said Saturday.

Ekanat Promphan, spokesman of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), said the anti-government protest tomorrow would not be a pep-up but the "last day of the battle".

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told foreign media Saturday that she was still "open for talks" with the protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban.

"I still leave all the doors open. And I am ready for talks with him," she said.

Saturday, the PM gave interviews to Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Financial Times, and the Straits Times.

The government will, however, place all ministry offices under high alert Monday and they expect protesters to try to enter some of offices, including at Government House.

"It must end on December 9. If not enough protesters come out or if it doesn't succeed, all co-leaders will surrender themselves and will to be prosecuted under insurrection and other charges," Ekanat said.

"However, if a million [protesters] turn out as on November 24 then we are confident that there will definitely be change.

"If the government won't listen to the people, the PDRC will not give the government a chance any longer. This is the last demonstration and it won't be a picnic."

The PDRC also condemned the government's move to mobilise conscript soldiers and to put those who have gone to compulsory military training on standby as provocative and a move that could lead to violent confrontation.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul, deputy prime minister and chief of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), issued an order dated December 6 to all government and state enterprises to take measures necessary within their authority to defend government buildings and premises.

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