Bangkok — Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban rejected proposed talks with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government last night, saying his only goal was to put an end to the ‘Thaksin regime’ in Thailand.
Earlier yesterday Ms Yingluck had called on anti-government protesters to end their demonstrations and takeovers of state offices, and enter into talks aimed at finding solutions acceptable to all parties.
She also said her government did not want to play any “political games” that end up harming the country, and that the demonstrators’ proposal for a “people’s council” was impossible under the current constitution.
Mr Suthep insisted a “people’s council” could be set up under Section 3 and Section 70 of the constitution because national sovereign power belongs to the people and her government had become illegitimate since it rejected the power of the Constitution Court and was now unacceptable to the people.
Mr Suthep accused Ms Yingluck of ordering a crackdown on protesters who are occupying the Finance Ministry, saying they failed because demonstrators knew they were coming and flocked to block the roads leading to the ministry, reported the Bangkok Post.
He also claimed someone close to the government had asked an air force hostage rescue unit to arrest or kill him and other protest leaders.
Mr Suthep announced a plan to further escalate protests on Friday night, saying the plan might be executed immediately
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said his party was committed to the campaign to remove the “Thaksin regime”, but kept the door open to possible negotiations with the Yingluck government.