By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRO-DEMOCARCY RATSADON leader Parit ”Penguin” Chiwarak today (July 2) pressed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to quit and depart from Thailand in 120 days’ time since he has allegedly run the country in corrupt, erroneous fashion.
Addressing anti-Prayut protesters on a street near Government House in rain on top of a pickup truck, the Ratsadon group leader accused Prayut of mishandling the Covid-19 pandemic situation and his primary dependence on the imported Sinovac from China and the locally-made AstraZeneca while denying other vaccines which may have been supplied from elsewhere.
Penguin charged that Prayut has always looked to satisfy China with purchase orders for the Sinovac and to serve the interests of Charoen Pokphand conglomerate tycoon Dhanin Chearavanont who allegedly holds a stake in the firm manufacturing the Chinese vaccine.
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Charoen Pokphand, also known as CP, also runs 7-11 convenience stores which apparently remain intact from Prayut’s measures against the domestic pandemic.
Many of the street demonstrators were disgruntled roadside vendors of food and other merchandise who are openly opposed to Prayut’s decision to prohibit the seating at restaurants and cafes throughout Bangkok and outlying provinces, allegedly resulting in a huge loss of their daily profits.
The protesters were stopped from proceeding toward an area just outside Government with police in riot gear behind barricades and barbed wire.
Penguin apparently imitated Prayut’s earlier declaration of the next 120 days by which time tourism industry throughout the country will reopen to foreign visitors, beginning with the so-called Phuket Sandbox which kicked off yesterday.
The Thais Do Not Tolerate – United People for Thailand activist group, led by Jatuporn Prompan, has planned to demonstrate outside Government House tomorrow in a sustained, concerted move to press Prayut out of premiership.
Penguin addressing protesters in rain on top of a pickup truck, above, and protesters listening to his speech, Home Page. Thai headline says, “Prayut must leave.” Photos: Sanook.com