Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Island protesters on the path to political war, armed with only a mourning gift and whistles, forced the Phuket Election Commission (PEC) to close MP registration ahead of schedule, leaving zero candidates put forward to represent the province.

“We don’t want to have an election on February 2,” said former Rassada Mayor Suratin Liangudom, who led the protest this morning. “Yingluck Shinawatra must resign from all her work in politics, and the protesters in Bangkok must succeed in the formation of the People’s Council before any elections are held.”

The rally in Phuket today kicked off at 8am, with protesters gathering at the Community, where the PEC had set up the registration.

“Today, we come in peace, without weapons. We come only with whistles and a gift for the PEC. We want them to recognize that the people of Phuket are not ready for an election on February 2,” Mr Suratin said.

The gift, traditionally placed next to a coffin, was accepted by Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosuttirak.

“The PEC has a job to do, which it was assigned to do. Though it was forced to temporarily close registration, and unable to register an MP [candidate] today, it will consider re-opening registration on a day-by-day basis,” Vice Governor Somkiet told the Phuket Gazette.

A total of 40 civil volunteers and police were on site to ensure there were no incidents, added V/Gov Somkiet.
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"Today, we come in peace, without weapons..." And tomorrow? It's time the governor and police got a grip on this situation and let the legal process run its course.

Posted by Chas December 28, 2013 10:00:53PM

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Well done protesters! Your message to get rid of the PM and family before the election is clear and brought without violence for months now. Demonstrations that include almost 10% of the population should make a proper PM realize it's time to go. It's time for change, and face it: things can only get better. Protesters realize this. That's why they won't let go. Keep it up.

Posted by Joe December 29, 2013 12:23:44PM

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Well done protesters! Your message to get rid of the PM and family before the election is clear and brought without violence for months now. Demonstrations that include almost 10% of the population should make a proper PM realize it's time to go. It's time for change, and face it: things can only get better. Protesters realize this. That's why they won't let go. Keep it up.

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That is what you call "without violence"? Do you mean that 10% of the population is entitled to dictate its will to 90%? I guess you are coming from North Corea [sic] or at least Russia, no? If there is no violence, it is because the present government doesn't want to kill people, as the protesters' chief, Suthep, did when he was in power. Has Thailand seen more positive change after Thaksin? Ignorant!

Posted by Michel de Lastelle December 30, 2013 10:53:15AM

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Well done protesters! Your message to get rid of the PM and family before the election is clear and brought without violence for months now. Demonstrations that include almost 10% of the population should make a proper PM realize it's time to go. It's time for change, and face it: things can only get better. Protesters realize this. That's why they won't let go. Keep it up.

Posted by Joe

"Without violence for months". Yes, just the one or two deaths, is it? And do you think the majority of voters from the north will put up with this for much longer? They may be fed up waiting for their rice subsidies, but there is still enough support for Pheu Thai to ensure truck loads of trouble from the north if the Democrat party – a misnomer if ever there was one – doesn't dissociate itself from Suthep.

Posted by Chas December 31, 2013 01:12:37PM

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Well done protesters! Your message to get rid of the PM and family before the election is clear and brought without violence for months now. Demonstrations that include almost 10% of the population should make a proper PM realize it's time to go. It's time for change, and face it: things can only get better. Protesters realize this. That's why they won't let go. Keep it up.

Posted by Joe

"Without violence for months". Yes, just the one or two deaths, is it? And do you think the majority of voters from the north will put up with this for much longer? They may be fed up waiting for their rice subsidies, but there is still enough support for Pheu Thai to ensure truck loads of trouble from the north if the Democrat party – a misnomer if ever there was one – doesn't dissociate itself from Suthep.

Posted by Chas December 31, 2013 01:12:37PM

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Well done protesters! Your message to get rid of the PM and family before the election is clear and brought without violence for months now. Demonstrations that include almost 10% of the population should make a proper PM realize it's time to go. It's time for change, and face it: things can only get better. Protesters realize this. That's why they won't let go. Keep it up.

Posted by Joe

That is what you call "without violence"? Do you mean that 10% of the population is entitled to dictate its will to 90%? I guess you are coming from North Corea [sic] or at least Russia, no? If there is no violence, it is because the present government doesn't want to kill people, as the protesters' chief, Suthep, did when he was in power. Has Thailand seen more positive change after Thaksin? Ignorant!

Posted by Michel de Lastelle December 30, 2013 10:53:15AM

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Well done protesters! Your message to get rid of the PM and family before the election is clear and brought without violence for months now. Demonstrations that include almost 10% of the population should make a proper PM realize it's time to go. It's time for change, and face it: things can only get better. Protesters realize this. That's why they won't let go. Keep it up.

Posted by Joe December 29, 2013 12:23:44PM

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"Today, we come in peace, without weapons..." And tomorrow? It's time the governor and police got a grip on this situation and let the legal process run its course.

Posted by Chas December 28, 2013 10:00:53PM

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