BANGKOK, March 5 – The Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) protesters today rallied at the ruling Pheu Thai Party headquarters against some party members’ alleged support of separatism.
The anti-government protesters mobilised following the remarks of Jarupong Ruangsuwan, Pheu Thai Party leader and caretaker interior minister, who earlier showed support for a call by some pro-government supporters to separate Thailand’s North and Northeast into a new country.
Protesters led by Nitithorn Lamlua and Uthai Yodmanee left their Chamai Marchet Bridge site to Pheu Thai Party headquarters on Phetchaburi Road, to campaign against the separation of the country.
They tried to remove the word “Thai” from the ruling party’s headquarters’ banner, claiming that the party has not done for the country, but instead, for the benefit of themselves.
As the removal failed, they covered the party banner with the new one which reads “Stop Separating the Country”.
Before leaving the compound, Mr Uthai said he would continue following caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as all Pheu Thai ministers.
They later moved to the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning to urge civil servants to stop working for the caretaker government. (MCOT online news)