Suthep Calls Off 10,000 Baht Per Seat Dinner Party

Suthep Thaugsuban after undergoing shoulder surgery for too many fist pumps as leader of the anti-government PCAD, 12 June 2014.

BANGKOK — Former leader of the anti-government protests Suthep Thaugsuban has indefinitely postponed the fundraiser dinner originally scheduled for this Saturday.

"I thank you all for booking and buying the ticket for 'Dinner With Senior Village Headman [Mr. Suthep's nickname]' on Saturday the 14th," Mr. Suthep wrote on his Facebook, "But there have been reasonable calls for reconsideration of the event, and I have concluded that the event may not be in accordance with the martial law and orders of the National Council For Peace and Order (NCPO)."

"Furthermore, it may let some people to exploit the opportunity and stage activities to cause damage to our country," he continued, "Therefore, I have postponed the Dinner With Senior Village Headman until appropriate situation."

Those who have bought the tickets, which cost 10,000 baht per seat, can apply for a refund, Mr. Suthep said.

The dinner was supposed to take place at an exclusive club in central Bangkok. The former leader of the People's Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) billed the dinner as an opportunity to raise money for PCAD supporters who have were injured over the group's six-month campaign against the former government.

PCAD will find "other ways" to assist the injured protesters, now that the dinner party has been cancelled, Mr. Suthep insisted. "Please do not worry."

In another Facebook post, Mr. Suthep said the operation on his right shoulder has been successful. The PCAD leader, who is currently recovering from the surgery at Bangkok Hospital, said the injury was caused by 'fist pumping' too many times over the past six months.

PCAD's protests came to an end when the military staged a coup on 22 May and toppled the government that PCAD had been seeking to depose for months. 

 

 

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