Forty-three academic organizations of Thailand Saturday called on the caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to resign and take a political break to end the country's crisis.
According to Thai multimedia group the Nation, the academic organizations said Thaksin has done nothing to tackle the problems but instead worsen the situation with his negative comments.
The calls were issued at the joint meeting of 43 networks of academicians at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University on Saturday.
"We want to recommend that Thaksin resign and take a break from politics immediately to end the country's crisis. After Thaksin resigns, authorities concerned should be allowed to investigate allegations against the premier," Dr. Anand Loalartvorakul, a lecturer of Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Arts, was quoted as saying.
They also called on government officials to realize that they "do not have to serve corrupt government", the report said.
The networks will conduct more campaigns against Thaksin, Anand said, but they would be in peaceful ways. "We want to see fast and immediate changes on the matters, but we would not adopt violent ways for sure."
Thaksin has dominated Thailand's political scene since he was first elected prime minister with a platform of populist policies designed to win the rural vote in January 2001.
His popularity, at least in Bangkok, took a beating after his family on January 23 sold off its 49 percent share in Shin Corp, Thailand's biggest telecommunication conglomerate, to Temasek Holding, an investment arm of the Singapore government.
The sale, which was finessed through the stock market to be tax free, earned the Shinawatra clan 1.9 billion dollars.
The anti-Thaksin movement took off in the aftermath of the sale and now Thai society is dangerously split between those who want Thaksin to retain power and those who want him out of politics for good.
Thailand's political scene has been in an unprecedented impasse since the April 2 general election, which, although won by Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party, was never accepted since the polls had been boycotted by Thailand's three main opposition parties.
The April 2 election was annulled by the Constitutional Court in May. Another poll is now tentatively scheduled for October 15.