Govt will try to re-open some protest occupied areas


BANGKOK, 24 January 2014 The Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) has vowed to bring peace back to Bangkok and confirmed it will not crack down on the anti-government protesters. The center will however negotiate with them to take back some of the areas currently occupied by the protesters.

Deputy government spokesperson Sunisa Lertphakhawat said the CMPO, headed by Labor Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and national police chief Pol.Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, used officers from all units and laws to deal with the protesters. The center requested top leader of the anti-government protests Suthep Thaugsuban to return the occupied areas and promised to use talks as the main approach.

The spokesperson also denied the government’s involvement in the closure of a mosque in Trang province by the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and urged the PDRC to issue official apologies to the Chief of the Muslim in Thailand.