CMPO set to negotiate with PDRC over election blockades


BANGKOK, 29 January 2014  The Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) is set to send representatives to negotiate with the People’s Democratic Reform Committee over their planned obstruction of Sunday’s general election. 

Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation Tarit Pengdit, in his capacity as CMPO secretary, said a working committee will be set up to hold talks with PDRC leader Suthep Thuagsuban on January 31 at Pathumwan intersection.

The decision followed a CMPO meeting on Wednesday which was held amid tight security at the Army’s Club on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road. The PDRC had earlier threatened to shut down the center if it is not dissolved soon.

The meeting also assigned armed forces to guard polling stations on Sunday to prevent attempts to derail the polls.

The Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO) will also be instructed to freeze assets of corporations financing the anti-government movement.

Mr Tarit added that the CMPO is deeply concerned by the influx of southern PDRC supporters who are planning to help block polling stations on February 2. He warned that those traveling en mass from the South can be charged for violating the emergency decree.