Protesters Change Tactics, Aim To Pressure Coalition Parties

A car mob set to stage on Saturday had changed its tactics and is now targeting to pressure coalition parties.

The move comes after various anti-government groups failed to urge the prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign.

On Saturday afternoon, a group of pro-democracy protesters led by activist Sombat Boonngam-anong staged another car mob called “Sombat Tour.”

It was the second car mob staged this month, as another protest group held a similar event last Saturday.

The caravan went to the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties’ headquarters yesterday’s afternoon.

Demonstrators urged them to pull out of the prime minister coalition government, stating that it would undermine Gen Prayut’s vote base in the House and trigger a chain reaction.

They expect the action could lead to Gen Prayut’s resignation or the House’s dissolution.

Also, their departures could lead to a no-confidence debate that could pave the way to nominate a new prime minister, protests’ leaders stated.

Protesters also visited Palang Pracharath (PPRP), the main party that supports Gen Prayut.

However, they didn’t deliver a letter asking the party to leave his coalition government.

Instead, demonstrators poured flour, a symbol representing shady activities linked to the party’s new secretary-general Thamanat Prompow.

During the past few years, flour was used a symbol of Deputy Agriculture Minister Thamanat Prompow, who faced drug-related charges in Australia in the 1990s.

Later on Saturday, protesters went to the Ratchaprasong intersection and Mr. Sombat gave a short speech.

He told reporters that he would give Gen Prayut two weeks to resign or the protest group would return.

“What people want is not for him to give up his salary — we want to never pay him ever again,” he added.

On Friday, Gen Prayut said he would forgo his salary for three months to help the government fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Besides, Mr. Sombat asked people from other provinces to join the protests and start parallel car mobs nationwide.

Meanwhile, another pro-democracy group called Friend Zone started a campaign on, urging coalition parties to pull out of the government.

“Never in living memory have Thais suffered as much as they are this minute,” they said.

“We hope MPs of all coalition parties love democracy enough to leave the grip of the current regime and switch sides to stand with people,” they added.

At around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, the campaign has collected 1,125 signatures.