CMPO assembles 12 teams to apprehend PDRC core leaders


BANGKOK 7 February 2014  National Security Council (NSC) Secretary Lieutenant General Paradon Patanatabutr is confident that police will be able to arrest core leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) for whom arrest warrants have been issued. 

According to Lt. Gen. Paradon, the Secretary of the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), he is confident that authorities will be able to arrest the 19 PDRC core leaders, adding that the CMPO has assembled 12 teams to carry out the mission.

Arrest warrants for 39 additional PDRC members will be sought and expected to be issued by the Criminal Court next Monday.

In regard to the Interior Ministry’s plan to take back seized government offices in Bangkok, Paradon said the demonstrators would likely disperse in the next 3 – 4 days. Government offices in Soi Ari will be taken back by officials today, said the CMPO Secretary.

As for the on going rice farmer protests, he said he had dispatched peace keeping personnels to maintain peace and order within the group, focusing on keeping the farmers from assimilating into the PDRC protest groups.