After a meeting with 5,000 of its coordinators and co-leaders on January 7, 2014, in Nakhon Ratchasima province, the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) has released a statement which layout the current objectives of the movement.
The first 11 objectives or the first scenario are preparation in case there is no military coup d’état while another 6 objectives are prepared for the possibility of a military coup d’état in near future.
Thida Tavonseth, chairwomen of the UDD, explained to Red Shirt co-leaders and coordinators that “To Stop Coup d’état and Oppose The Traitor” rallies are meant to be a demonstration against all forms of coup d’état, act of treason, and anarchy.
“Series of coups in the past are vicious cycle in Thailand which halted the development of this country. It is backward thinking and is an attempt to overthrow the nation’s democratic system. They do not want election to happen because they do not want the people to have power,” said Thida.
Thida also insist that the countrywide demonstrations on January 13, 2014, under the slogan “Open the Country” will not be stage in Bangkok because the UDD do not want to confront with supporters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Thida also believed that Suthep’s move to shut down Bangkok on the same day would be for nothing since more and more people are beginning to question his motive.
Jatuporn Prompan, UDD co-leaders, urged the people to stand up and fight against Suthep’s PDRC movement that tries to instigate a military coup d’état.
“I urged Police General, Adul Saengsingkaew, to arrest Suthep Thaugsuban now before he caused any more damage to this country,” said Jatuporn
The following is the result of UDD’s meeting in Nakhon-Ratchasima province on January 7, 2014.
First Scenario – What UDD coordinators, co-leaders, and supporters have agreed as an objectives for the situation where there is no military coup d’état.
1. UDD provincial coordinators will gather Red Shirt supporters in their province on January 13 to show support for the election and as a demonstration against Suthep’s Bangkok Shutdown order.
2. UDD will continue to show support for the police and government’s authority who are doing their job and will continue to gather more supporters who are willing to fight for real democracy.
3. Put up signs at home to show support for the election and resistant against any forms of coup d’état.
4. Invite village chiefs, headman, and local leaders to support election and reject coup d’état.
5. Urged authorities to press charges against PDRC’s co-leaders who violated the law.
6. UDD Central will continue to persuade private, public, and independent organizations to hand in letter to the military in order to show that they are against coup d’état before releasing a public statement to confirm it.
7. Stop supporting enterprises that support PDRC’s movement.
8. Continue to urge government to recognized ICC jurisdiction in Thailand.
9. Show support for the election on February 2, 2014.
10. Put up signs for the arrest warrant of the traitor Suthep Thaugsuban.
11. Anybody with self-defense experience and knowledge in ways to communicate under hostile environment should teach other how to prepare for emergency situation such as a military coup d’état.
Second Scenario – What UDD coordinators, co-leaders, and supporters have agreed as an objectives if there is a military coup d’état in the near future.
1. Coordinators from every provinces and UDD co-leaders will do their best to pass on the news of the coup d’état to all Red Shirts supporters in their areas immediately.
2. Urged the caretaker Prime Minister to leave Bangkok to go to the North or the North-East of Thailand in order to prepare for a fight along the side of the people.
3. Urged the caretaker government and people in power to set up a “government in exile” that is needed for the fight on the international stage.
4. Local UDD coordinators should set up an operation centers where co-leaders can contact them at any time (24 hours – and undisclosed). Provincial co-leaders should prepare food and other necessity in order to prepare for the first round of the fight against a military coup d’état.
5. UDD supporters should gather at friendly military post in their province.
6. UDD supporters should gather at police station near them to wait for further instructions from the coordinators.