Protest leader Suthep rejects compromise, negotiation


BANGKOK, Jan 16 – Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has vowed to fight unrelentingly without compromise despite the government’s latest decision to continue with the Feb 2 general election.

“We will neither negotiate nor compromise. The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) will fight until we win. If police want to arrest me as announced by the national police chief, please do. I’m ready to fight,” declared the former deputy prime minister.

National police chief, Adul Saengsingkaew, said the police must be cautious in arresting Mr Suthep, adding that a step-by-step plan has been mapped out.

Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, in his capacity as chairman of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), has instructed police to urgently nab Mr Suthep and other protest leaders.

Pol Gen Adul said, “It’s our objective but we have to be careful and patient.”

He said he was most concerned about political infiltration by a third party and instructed police at checkpoints to thoroughly check for weapons.

Regarding a PDRC call to move the CAPO office out of the National Police Headquarters, Pol Gen Adul said, “That’s my business.”