CMPO to reclaim 5 anti-government protest sites this week


BANGKOK, 17 Feb 2014  The Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) has announced that it will reclaim 5 rally sites from supporters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) this week. 

CMPO Director and Labor Minister Chalerm Yubumrung disclosed that the 5 targeted areas include the Government House, Ratchadamnern and Chaengwattana roads, and the Energy and Interior Ministries.

He implored protesters to leave the demonstration sites while stressing the police department would mainly use negotiations in its mission. He underlined Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s statement of not using violence in retaking the public areas.

Meanwhile, PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thuagsuban said PDRC supporters would today march to the Government House, in their bid to prevent the Prime Minister to enter the premises. He also challenged the authorities to arrest him inside the building.

The Students and People Network for Thailand’s Reform (NSPRT) also stated it would join the PDRC in laying siege to the Government House on Wednesday, threatening the gathering might be escalated if government officials attempt to enter the premises.