Deputy government spokesperson detained by PDRC while running errand at Siam


BANGKOK, 26 February 2014 Deputy Government Spokesperson First Lieutenant Sunisa Loetphakkhawat was detained by People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) guards for almost an hour on Tuesday while running her own errands in the Siam Square area of Bangkok. 

First Lieutenant Sunisa was spotted by PDRC protesters who were camped at the Pathumwan rally site when she was in front of a Nittiphon Clinic branch in Siam Square. The protesters then started blowing their whistles and PDRC guards moved in to apprehend her. She was taken to the back of the Bangkok Cultural Center building, near the stage of the Pathumwan rally site, and kept there. Press members were kept from taking photographs of the detainment of the deputy government spokesperson.

PDRC core figures such as Suthep Thaugsuban and Sathit Wongnongtoei were reportedly alarmed by the detaining, announcing on stage that guards and protesters must refrain from using violence. Reporters said Mr. Suthep was visibly upset by the development.

PDRC guards then took First Lieutenant Sunisa to Siam Paragon mall’s car park and released her, after close to an hour of detainment.