Suthep's march at Asiatique calls for the last fight

Suthep's "meet 'n' greet" rally on Sunday, 20 April 2014. (source:

Suthep Thaugsuban meets his supporters at Asiatique the Riverfront on Sunday, 20 April (source:

People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) supporters led by Suthep Thaugsuban marched from their main protest site at Lumpini Park to an open-air mall, Asiatique the Riverfront, on Charoen Krung Road last Sunday (20 April) to call on Bangkokians to join their next major “final rally”.

The PDRC's Facebook page showcases pictures of donors waiting in front of the mall to meet with "Uncle Kamnan" (subdistrict headman), another given name to Suthep. 
Speaking in the evening at Lumpini Park after the daytime march, the secretary-general of the PDRC said "Today's tremendous showing demonstrated the people's resolve to reform Thailand before the next elections, and to purify our electoral system to ensure true democracy in our country. I am certain that a clean and fair system will be established in our time." 
"The era of capitalist autocracy is over," Suthep added.
Suthep also announced that over the coming weekends he would lead PDRC supporters to visit more communities in the capital to personally meet and invite the public to join their “ultimate  fight against the regime.”
Grenade fired at high profile Ministry head and Suthep door-to-door meetings
On the same Sunday night (20 April), the Chaengwattana Road home of Dr.Narong Sahamethapat, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, was hit by a 40 mm grenade, leaving holes in his parking area and a concrete wall, although no one was injured. 
Last week, Dr. Narong refused an order of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) that called for a meeting of the Permanent Secretaries of all Ministries at the Royal Police Club. 
Kittipong Kittiyarak, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice appeared at the meeting, but did not sign his name to register. Both Dr.Narong and Kittipong are two of the four Ministerial Permanent Secretaries who met Suthep at their offices during Suthep's door-to-door meetings in the week before the Songkran festival.
The other two who met Suthep were Chavalit Chookajorn, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and Gen. Nipat Thonglek, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence. They joined the CAPO meeting on 17 April.
Suthep's purpose in the meetings was to clarify with the chief civil servant of each Ministry that his proclamation of a "sovereign body" was just an assumption that has not yet happened.
But he said the PDRC will proclaim itself a "sovereign body" after the ruling of the Constitutional Court which could disqualify Yingluck Shinawatra from the premiership.
The charter court will rule on an abuse of power case against Yingluck soon but has not yet set the date for the ruling.  The case was submitted by 27 Senators who accused her of abusing power when she transferred National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri in 2011.
Suthep also added that he will not be a "sovereign body" but it is the people who own such sovereign power and he will just act on their behalf and with their consent.
"Unarmed combat" training for red-shirt guards

Training programme for volunteer guards held by “Rambo Isan” in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. (source: Go6TV)
A red-shirt faction, the Democracy Protection Volunteers Group (DPVG), led by Suporn Atthawong, held its second volunteer guard training programme at a stadium in Nakhon Ratchasima Province on Sunday (20 April). He said the aim of the training was to protect the current government from all threats of a coup.
Viroon Phuensaen, former Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police and a member of the Pheu Thai Party, chaired the opening ceremony.
The training included hand-to-hand/unarmed combat and lectures on politics. At least 5,000 participants from red-shirt provincial groups took part.
Suporn, also known by his followers as "Rambo Isan", said the trained volunteers will support and safeguard UDD red-shirt supporters. He said their opponent was not the PDRC but any kind of dictatorship.
Suporn previously held the first training programme on 4 April, one day before the UDD/red-shirt mass gathering in Bangkok on April 5-7, 2014.
Police say they do not know identity or motive of attackers who killed Red Shirt poet Kamol Duangphasuk

A pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of Thailand's monarchy has been shot dead in the capital, Bangkok.

Kamol Duangphasuk was shot by gunmen on a motorcycle in a restaurant car park. "At this point, we have no idea who the gunmen were or what the motive of the attack could be," police said.

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Maineung K. Kunthee was a penname of Kamol Duangphasuk, a prominent red-shirt poet and activist who was shot dead on Wednesday evening by unknown assailants. 
Born in the Amphawa district of central Samutsongkhram province, Kamol graduated from Silpakorn University’s Faculty of Education. Kamol loved writing poems very much. His poems were published on Matichon Weekly and a few other magazines around 1990s. He made his living by owning a small restaurant, called Duck’s Poet Society, serving duck dishes.
After the 2006 coup d’etat, he appeared on anti-coup red-shirt rally. He often gave a speech and read his poems, fiercely attacking the coup makers and the establishment. He was then known as the People’s Poet and the Red Shirt Poet. Several of his poems, composed during the anti-coup era, still today read at red-shirt gatherings from time to time.
Kamol Duangphasuk, aka Maineung K. Kunthee
After Nuamthong Phaiwan, a taxi driver who slammed his taxi into a military tank, died because of suicide to protest against the coup, the red-shirt poet, along with other red activists managed to produce a statue of Nuamthong. The statue is placed at Nuamthong Phaiwan Memorial at the spot where the taxi driver hang himself.
Maineung had been very active with the red-shirt movement during the red-shirt demonstration in 2009 and 2010. Red-shirt sources said Maineung joined a violent wing of red-shirt during the 2010 rally. After the crackdown on red-shirts in 2010, he started to fade away from the red-shirt stages because of, believably, safety concerns. Sources said he fled to Cambodia. 
He became politically active again when the controversial amnesty draft bills were put before the Lower House. Maineung joined Suda Rangkupan, a red-shirt activist and former Chulalongkorn University lecturer, in supporting the blanket Amnesty Bill amid oppositions from most of the red-shirts. They said getting the red-shirts political prisoners out of jail were their priority that made them compromised with the blanket bills.
The poet was also very active on the campaign against the Article 112 or the lese majeste law and the right to bail of lese majeste suspects and defendants. Suda and Maineung were the leaders of the Declaration of Street Justice Group. Very active in 2012, the group organized series of hunger strikes for the right to bail of lese majeste suspects/defendants and held a weekly seminar criticizing the Criminal Court on the footpath in front of the court compound.  
In 2003, under the administration of then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Kamol was a committee member of Pan Wanfah Award, an award for political literature by the Thai parliament. The committee members were composed mostly of red-shirt poets. The Award was criticized as bias for the reds.  
Wat Walayangoon, also a well-known red shirt writer and poet, said Maineung was popular for his poetic style which was direct and voicing strong political messages. 
“When some red shirt people in the provinces have events like ordaining monks or wedding, they always invite Maineung to read the poem to boost morale,” said Wat. “He was beloved by the red shirt people.”
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