The minister said on Wednesday that Mr Suthep, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, has only one option – that is to turn himself in to the police to acknowledge the charges against him which include insurrection.
He pleaded with the protesters to return home and urged the Democrat party to contest the February 2 election “if they are confident of their support”. However, he said that the Pheu Thai party would definitely win the election.
The minister criticized some academics who voiced support for Suthep’s demand for the appointment of an interim prime minister and the creation of a people’s council to draw a national reform blueprint, branding them as being stupid or being cunning.
As for Thirayuth Boonmee, a Thammasat lecturer, who voiced support for people’s revolution to effect national reform, Chalerm said he had lost respect for the lecturer whom he used to be familiar with.