CAPO: Negotiations held between two sides to find truce


BANGKOK, 13 December 2013 The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) has stated that political tension in the capital has eased after core protest leaders entered talks with security agencies. 

CAPO spokesperson Pol Major-General Piya Uthayo said negotiations have been held between anti-government protesters and authorities in a bid to find a way out of the political impasse.

He noted that despite a lift in political mood, a number of demonstrators continued to step up their rallies by assaulting police officers, cutting power to state buildings and obstructing police operations.

Pol Maj-Gen Piya confirmed that whether there will be a truce or not, police will issue arrest warrants for protesters who resorted to violence. Recently police have apprehended suspects found in possession of ping pong bombs, metal balls and other weapons prior to their planned attacks near Makhawan Rangsan Bridge.

The spokesman said more police officers are being deployed to ensure peace and order near the Government House and other rally sites.