(14 January) A leader of anti-government protesters has blamed errors during the live broadcast of their rally yesterday on the government.
The incident occurred when Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), took to the rally stage on Pathumwan Intersection at around 19.30 yesterday and attempt to address the protesters who were occupying the intersection.
However, his voice could not be heard at the stage. Mr. Suthep′s voice was also missing on the live broadcast of the rally transmitted by Blue Sky TV, a satellite channel allied to PCAD and the Democrat Party.
PCAD leaders at another rally stage near Lumpini Park who were broadcasting the live feed of Mr. Suthep′s speech similarly faced the audio problem regularly, causing the crowd to boo and blow their whistles in anger.
Eventually, Mr. Chinnaworn Boonyakiat, a leader of PCAD at the stage, decided to address the crowd himself instead of continuing to broadcast Mr. Suthep′s speech. He claimed that the government has jammed the protesters′ electronic devices with a malicious signal.
"Tyrannical governments act this way," Mr. Chinnaworn said.
Mr. Suthep would personally tour every stage and give a speech at each rally stage if the government continues to bully the PCAD in this manner, he added.
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