Tuesday, December 2, 2008
PAD ends all rallies 10.00 am Dec 3
The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), after holding a marathon 192-day protest, declared an end to all rallies as of 10.000 am tomorrow (Dec 3), a few hours after the Constitutional Court handed down verdicts to disband three political parties in the current coalition government. The country's biggest, ruling party, People's Power Party, is the hardest hit. All its 37 executive members, including Premier Somchai Wongsawat, will be banned from politics for five years.
Sondhi Limthongkul, reading PAD's statement, at around 6.00 pm, said the protestors will return to the streets if the new governerment attempts to amend the constitution to benefit the Thaksin regime -- or if any effort is made to curtail royal powers.
"After 192 days of protest and about 10 of us killed and hundreds injured by war weapons used by our opponents, we have decided to call off the rallies because we have achieved our victory. But we will be ready to come back if things go wrong again," he said.
The question now is: Who's going to be the next prime minister? Will Thaksin make a return in one form or another. Who will be his "third generation of nominees" after Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat?
Watch out for my next posting here.