Bangkok, Thailand — Red shirt leader Tida Tawornseth has derided anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban‘s “order” to charge Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra with insurrection as “insane and absurd”, according to reports.
Ms. Tida is the chair of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), commonly called the “red shirts”, who support the current pro-Thaksin government led by the Pheu Thai Party. PM Yingluck is the sister of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Mr. Suthep’s “order” was issued last night as he spoke to supporters from the protest stage near Government House.
He had given PM Yingluck until 10:30pm Tuesday night to step down from its caretaker role to pave the way for an interim prime minister and a “people’s council” to be set up to enact political reforms before the next elections, which have been scheduled for February 2 following the prime minister’s dissolution of the House of Representatives on Monday.
Mr. Suthep, the secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), said since Ms. Yingluck had ignored the PDRC’s “order” to step down, police are also ordered by the PDRC to take legal action against Ms. Yingluck and her government on insurrection charges.
On Tuesday, the UDD called on people to rise up against the PDRC, claiming the group had committed brazen undemocratic acts.
The UDD said the Election Commission had the responsibility to organize the general election or it risked violence and a possible civil war, reported the Bangkok Post.
Prime Minister Yingluck has pleaded with the protesters to stop the rallies and use the election mechanism. Previously, she had repeatedly urged the protest leaders to enter into talks with the government to try and find a solution to the crisis, but they rejected her offers.
Meanwhile, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha dismissed a widely spread rumor that he had met with Mr. Suthep at a military base. An army spokesman said Gen Prayuth remains concerned about the political situation and is trying to find ways of resolving the problem as soon as possible.
Ms. Tida said without military involvement, the PDRC would not be able to do anything about the legitimate Yingluck-led caretaker government.
She also said that if the military did take action, the UDD would certainly come out against it.