United front of Democracy against Dictator will stage the “UDD’s Sounding of the Battle Drums” Congress in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) on February 23, 2014 to signal the start of the retaliation against forces which seek to destroy the country’s democracy.
Around 4,000 of UDD’s regional and provincial coordinators along with the organization’s core members will meet at Liptapunlop Hall inside His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Sports Complex to discuss on the organization’s objectives and tactics against Suthep’s antidemocratic mobs.
UDD’s Sounding of the Battle Drums Congress is a signal to show Suthep and his People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) that the Red Shirts will not stand by and let them destroy this country without resistant. Suthep’s insurrection has gone too far by clearly challenging and ignoring the law and the authority of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO).
Suthep’s actions have led to injuries and deaths and the UDD can no longer stand idlely by while PDRC are wreaking havoc in the country.
“PDRC’s protests are not peaceful, and unarmed, as claimed. They have an intention to hurt anyone who is against their will with guns, knives, sticks, and they aimed to kill. Evidence of their violence is apparent at Rajamangala National Stadium incident and evidence that they are armed were all over the news during the Lak Si shooting. The obstruction of the general election and sieges of government buildings are clearly violence actions,” said Thida Tawonseth, chairwomen of the UDD.
“The UDD is staging the congress on Sunday because of our supporters’ request, not because Suthep dare us but if Suthep wanted a fist fight, we will send Jirayuth Noawagade who has knocked him out once before to fight with him again,” Thida added.