Wrap-up for foreign press and foreigners by Chitpas Bhirombhakdi (ตั๊น จิตภัสร์ ภิรมย์ภักดี)
– NIDA (National Institute of Development Administration) poll: 47% of 1254 respondents all over Thailand believe that the political crisis would continue if elections are held on 2 Feb. 2013; 46% support reform before elections.
– The Dept. of Special Investigations (DSI) brought additional sedition charges against protest and rally leaders today in defiance of the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the protests were protected under the Constitution.
– Suthep Thaugsuban thanked all his supporters for joining his 10-hour march today. The DSI’s freezing of protest leader accounts inspired more donations than ever – we received over Baht 7 million from today’s march towards Rajdamnoen kitchen.
– Suthep stressed that there would be no negotiating with crooks and the Thaksin regime.
– We’ve provided information on the Sunday rally on our websites, including: this page (People’s Democratic Reform Committee – PDRC),เวทีราชดำเนิน, and spokesperson Akanat Promphan’s page (เอกนัฏ พร้อมพันธุ์).
The forecast of trouble ahead was a result of its survey conducted from December 17-19 on a total of 1,254 people across the country for their opinions on the upcoming February 2 election.
The poll reveals that 55.34% of people asked think the coming election will not run smoothly because it will be obstructed and derailed by protesters. But 32.70% said the election will not be affected. The rest has no comment.
On the questions of how fair and transparent the election will be if compared to previous elections, 28.79% said it will be less fair while 21.13% said it will be least fair election to date. However 28.63% said it will be fairer, and 8.29% said it will be the fairest election.
Asked about the political situation after the election, 47.21% said they believed political unrest will continue while 21.85% said conflict will widen, and 20.33% was optimistic with thought that it will improve.
On which will come first between election and national reform, 46.33% said national reform should come first, while 36.28% favored the election. Only 4.31% said both national reform and election should be carried out in parallel.
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On 22 Dec. 2013, Rajdamnoen stage will still operate as a rally center as usual. In addition, the following points will have stages (see the attached pic; the 5 large yellow dots mark the 5 stages):
– Point (1) Victory Monument (protest leader Issara Somchai is the coordinator)
– Point (2) Bangkok Art and Culture Center (Hor Silp Krungthep/green and pink intersection) (Chulalongkorn University as coordinator)
– Point (3) Rachprasong intersection (blue and green intersection) (Rachprasong business community as coordinator)
– Point (4) Lumpini Park on the Silom side (blue and purple intersection; below point (3)) (Silom business community as coordinator); and
– Point (5) Asoke (far right on the green route) (Asoke business community and several protest leaders are acting as coordinator).
Activities on these 5 stages will all commence around 13.30 hours on Sunday. Rajdamnoen’s activities will also be broadcast to screens at these destinations. We note that BTS travels between all these points in case you want to visit more than one.
We note that our friends from outside of Bangkok will be marching to visit you. Here’s the plan:
– The first line is from Isaan (the Northeastern provinces) and will be joined by protesters from Rangsit/Donmuang/
Lardprao/Bangkhen/Saimai/Jatuchuk, and march along to Victory monument.
– The second line is from the western provinces like Karnchanaburi, and will be marching along Petchkasem road, crossing Pinklao bridge, to Democracy Monument.
– The third line is the Eastern provinces (Chonburi, Traad, Rayong, etc.) and will start at Bangna and march to Asoke.
We note that the farmers’ association has also joined our fight against Yingluck, and will be forming a special rally line formed of farming trucks to head into Bangkok.
For our friends traveling into Bangkok – if the national police stop you at any point, like they have during our previous rallies, get out of your cars and set up your own protest stage!
Local PDRC units: Bangkok activities will go from 13:00 – 18:00 hours on Sunday. The crucial point is 18:00 hours when we salute our flag together, across the country. After that PDRC Suthep will lead the rally to chase Yingluck from office!
Provincial PDRCs are extremely important. Please e-mail each unit’s photos to our central e-mail so we can show you on our screens this Sunday.
Again, we ask government officials and military personnel to stand outside your houses and salute the flag at 18:00 this Sunday along with us.
For our unit in the USA, protesters will line up Sunday morning in front of the Thai Embassy.
As you know, our numbers in each and every protest have been egregiously misrepresented in domestic and foreign media. This time we will have ground photos and aerial photos from every point taken by our volunteers as proof. These captures will be broadcast during the rally so we can tally our numbers without dispute.
For those women, and Dr. Seri’s transvestite/drag-queen unit, we depart Rajdamnoen at 9 am for Yingluck’s house. Come in your finest apparel and be ready to negotiate with police on your way there!
22/12/56 มีเวทีใหญ่ 5 เวที(วงกลมส้ม) เริ่ม 13.00 น. ได้แก่ อนุเสาวรีย์ชัย, สยาม, ราชประสงค์, สวนลุม, อโศก (เวทีราชดำเนิน,เวทีคปท,เวทีกปท, ยังอยู่เหมือนเดิม
Suthep Thaugsuban (22:08): The donated monies from today should come to about 7 million baht. Protest leader Nathapol Theepsuwan joked that we should go marching everyday. If we do that, we would probably have sufficient financing to fight Yingluck and the Thaksin regime for years!
As I’ve said time and time again, I’ll stand with all of you to see this through until the end. I bow down to all of you who came out in force on every street we passed, especially Silom and Yaowaraj today.
I met professionals and workers from all walks today. Staff in restaurants, hotels, companies, those who migrated to Bangkok for work, they all came out today and donated money to our cause. I’m confident their relatives outside of Bangkok will listen to their story and join us.
Judging from the supporters from all the restaurants and eateries on our route these past two days, I doubt Yingluck can dine out in Bangkok anymore.
There will be no negotiating with the Thaksin regime. If you refuse to step down, Yingluck, do you think you’ll be able to continue on?
Yingluck, your own continued refusal to delay the elections is your own business. The Election Commission advised before that elections should be delayed. But Yingluck, if you want to walk down this path to your own destruction, the Thai people are happy to show you the way – in a peaceful, non-violent way of course.
A top official from the Karen National Union (KNU) said yesterday that it was Myanmar president Thein Sein himself who gave ethnic armed groups envelopes containing car permits for peace, which critics have said has resulted in a huge loss of revenues for the country.
Pado Mann Nyein Maung, a KNU central executive committee member, disclosed the information to reporters at the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) in Yangon amid public criticism of the ‘car for peace’ permits as a pretext for signing preliminary ceasefire deals.
“I received those car permits. The president held a reception for us on February 13 (the day after Union Day). At his farmhouse, he gave an envelope to each of our ethnic armed organisations. I didn’t know what was inside and didn’t open it, either. When I arrived back, I gave it to my chairman. Later I came to know it contained car permits,” said Mann Nyein Maung.
As to the number of car permits given to the armed groups, President’s Office Minister Aung Min, who is leading peace talks, and MPC officials did not comment on the record. But the KNU official disclosed details of how many permits the ethnic armed groups, including his own, received.
Thus far, 14 armed groups had reportedly received car permits. They are the KNU, RCSS/SSA, SSPP/SSA, KNU/KNLA, DKBA, KNPP, CNF, NSCN-K, PNLO, NMSP, UWSA, NDAA, ALP and ABSDF.
According to Man Nyein Maung, there are other armed groups to whom the government is expected to give car permits. There are 40 permits without tax and 80 with 60 percent of taxes for the KIO; 15 each without tax and 30 each with 60 percent taxes for the TNLA and LDU. Those groups, however, have not taken the permits as no progress has been made in their peace talks, he added.
According to sources sought by Daily Eleven, the Road Transport Administration Department (Ka-Nya-Na) left 3,000 permits reserved for ‘car permits for peace’. No official has confirmed how many car permits have already been issued nor what brands of cars have been imported with the permits.
Meanwhile, some people have bought luxurious cars such as Rolls Royce and Bentley using permits allegedly given by the president to the ethnic armed groups. This would mean either that the government has lost at least Ks 200 billion in tax money for 1,000 cars imported with the ‘car permits for peace’ deal or that the ethnic armed groups did not receive the value for which the cars were given. The deal was reportedly made to benefit car brokers and some car permit dealers.
A Rolls-Royce with an original price of about US$ 500,000 (Ks 492 million) would be valued at about Ks 1.3 billion, including more than Ks 850 million in taxes. If the car is bought with peace permits, there is no needed to pay the taxes.
The permit is valued at roughly between Ks 50 million and Ks 150 million each, and the ethnic armed groups can sell their permits for at most Ks 150 million.
Currently, about 30 Rolls-Royce cars can be found in Myanmar, and nearly 20 Bentleys have been imported. They have been imported from the Myawady and Tachilek borders. According to Ka-Nya-Na, in response to questions from Eleven Media, most of the luxury cars imported with peace-for-car-permits are Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Lexus and BMW.
National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said during an interview with RFA on December 5 that she didn’t like the way the government has been issuing car permits to ethnic armed groups.
“I don’t like their plan. I don’t understand what the meaning is or what their intention is. Car permits have nothing to do with establishing a peace process. If the government wants to help the ethnics, they can help them in other ways. The car permits plan has so many difficulties,” Suu Kyi said.
The import of Rolls Royce cars on the basis of “peace permits” has continued on the Myanmar-Thai border because cars covered with cloth are not easily noticed, locals say.
The luxury cars, which are worth about half a million US dollars (Ks 490.5 million), were previously imported without covers. However, the government has recently suffered criticism for allegedly trying to reach ceasefire deals by offering armed ethnic groups “peace permits,” which offer exemptions from paying tax on car imports.
Yesterday, two Rolls Royce cars and one Lexus car were imported under cover through Myawady Township, according to local sources. So far, about 20 Rolls Royce cars have been imported tax-free under the peace permits.
MONEY IS ALL YOU NEED…….
Peace process in Burma/Myanmar means granting vehicle import licenses? according to the document signed by ABSDF chairman Ko Than Khel. ABSDF got 60 vehicle import licenses. Previous reports suggested Karen National Union got at least 120 vehicle import licenses.
แล้ว ธาริต เพ็งดิษฐ์ จะได้เห็นพลังของคนรักชาติ เพราะม๊อบนี้ไม่เพียงไม่ต้องจ้างมา ยังควักเงินบริจาคให้แกนนำอีกต่างหาก
ดีเอสไอออกหมายเรียกแกนนำ กปปส. เพิ่มเติมอีก 20 คน และให้อายัดบัญชีพร้อมตรวจสอบ ประกอบด้วย
1. น.ส.จิตตภัสร์ ภิรมย์ภักดี
2. นายสาธิต ปิตุเตชะ
3. นายสกลธี ภัททิยกุล
4. นายทศพล เพ็งส้ม
5. นายสมบัติ ธำรงธัญวงศ์
6. นายแก้วสรร อติโพธิ
7. นายเจิมศักดิ์ ปิ่นทอง
8. นายเสรี วงษ์มณฑา
9. นายรัชต์ยุตม์ ศิรโยธินภักดี
10. นายกิตติศักดิ์ ปรกติ
11. นายถนอม อ่อนเกตุพล
12. นายชาญวิทย์ วิภูศิริ
13. นายพิชิต ไชยมงคล
14. นายไพบูลย์ นิติตะวัน
15. พล.อ.ปฐมพงษ์ เกสรสุข
16. นายสุริยะใส กตะศิลา
17. นายพิภพ ธงไชย
18. นายบุญยอด สุขถิ่นไทย
19. นายองอาจ คล้ามไพบูลย์
20. นายพิจารณ์ สุขภารังษี