Thai protest leader becomes a monk

The People's Democratic for Reform Committee (PDRC) leader and former Democrat Party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban has been ordained as a Buddhist monk at Wat Tha Sai in his home province of Surat Thani.

He will be staying at the Suan Mokkh forest monastery in the same province and has yet to specify when he will leave monkhood. As leader of the PDRC, Suthep led a seven-month-long campaign to overthrow the Yingluck Shinawatra government. PDRC's street protests and seizure of government offices, as well as violent retaliations using weapons of war that resulted in many deaths and injuries, were finally brought to an end when the military seized power on May 22.