Protesters will never win — Thailand Foreign Minister (caretaker) Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Saturday said that anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban will never triumph over the government, and urged him to end the rallies completely, according to reports.
Mr Surapong’s comments came after thanking Mr Suthep for making the decision to end the “Bangkok Shutdown” campaign and to combine all the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest sites into one at Lumpini park, while dismantling all the other sites and clearing the blocked roads in Bangkok.
“If possible, I would like Mr Suthep to end the rallies entirely because the protest had continually been raised to higher levels but it had not succeeded, said Mr Suporn.
“Mr Suthep always changed the conditions and he still couldn’t defeat the government. If he continues fighting, he would do more harm to himself”.
Acting Thailand Foreign Minister Mr Surapong, who is also an adviser to the government’s Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), said just prior to a security meeting that he wanted to thank Mr Suthep for returning blocked traffic lanes and allowing businesses to return to normal, said a Bangkok Post report.
Mr Surapong also said the PDRC’s decision to end the Bangkok Shutdown was likely due to the declining number of protesters, and this was because of Mr Suthep’s “undemocratic” demands, he contended.
Mr Suthep has said the PDRC would continue to close down government offices and Shinawatra family businesses.
In a speech from a rally stage on Saturday, Mr Suthep repeatedly made jibes at “missing” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and jokes about her “second capital” in Chiang Mai, said reports.
Thailand Foreign Minister, said the Bangkok Shutdown campaign had served its purpose and it was time for a new push to oust the “stubborn” caretaker government.
“If this was any other country in the world, we would have won by now,” he claimed.