Capo: Theft, damage at protest sites

Offices at Chaeng Wattana government complex and the Finance Ministry occupied by the anti-Thaksin protesters were broken into and many items were stolen, including 10 iPads, the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference, Capo deputy spokesman Pol Col Anucha Romyanan said forensic and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) police officers had made preliminary inspections of four police agencies ― the Inspector General's Bureau, Office of Internal Audit,  Immigration Division 1 and Technology Crime Suppression Division ― at Building B, Chaeng Wattana government complex.

The team found many rooms under the four agencies had been ransacked and there was property loss and damage. 

Pol Col Anucha did not elaborate on the assets lost and damaged but said damaged parties could file complaints with Thung Song Hong police station, which has jurisdiction over the complex.

A similar inspection led by deputy commander of Provincial Police Region 1 Kachen Kachapalayuk and deputy finance permanent secretary Supa Piyajitti was made at the Finance Ministry. 

In a building that houses the ministry’s information technology and communications centre, authorities detected evidence of break-ins. One wall in a room was punctured.  

Many items had been stolen, including 20 mobile phones, at least 10 iPads and three laptop computers, said Pol Maj Gen Kachen, who was assigned to supervise the ministry when it was seized by the protesters last month.

Police found two giant fire crackers, which were still functional, on the ground floor of the Comptroller General's Department office. 

Four CCTV cameras around the building were missing and a glass window of a meeting room was broken. Thieves also stole equipment belonging to the department’s technicians and a private contractor, Pol Maj Gen Kachen added.

Supporters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) occupied the Finance Ministry on Nov 25 and the government complex on Nov 27 before leaving both places to march to Government House on Monday. 

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Discussion 1 : 11/12/2013 at 08:14 AM
Wow. CAPO members get iPads?
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 11:07 PM
Lets see, UDD protests, shopping malls, provincial halls burned to the ground; current protests 3 laptops and 10 ipads stolen. The police and PTP are desparately trying to paint a bad guy image on the otherwise peaceful protests.
Discussion 3 : 10/12/2013 at 10:51 PM
Only because some people did something bad in the past, doesn't mean the other can do something, the same or worst in the future. It is like my wife. She always comes with very old stories, when she is running out of arguments
Discussion 4 : 10/12/2013 at 10:39 PM
The main question, in my mind and keeping focus on the different government responses, is that AV didn't dissolve the house and call a snap election. Look how increasingly aggressive Suthep's protests became last week as they tried to break police barricades. When comparing protests bear in mind that every-time the UDD protested against AV's government they where suppressed by the deployment of armed government forces, they knew that if they wanted a prolonged protest they would have to build a barricade.
Discussion 5 : 10/12/2013 at 09:44 PM
Orange, to be objective, yes ironic that Suthep is leading. However, his protesting folks are not carrying weapons, erecting makeshift castles around their protesting sites, burning tires and so fort. We also never hear of let's burn the city down if our demands are not met, by encouraging a million people to bring 1 litre of gasoline along, and so fort and so fort.....
Discussion 6 : 10/12/2013 at 09:30 PM
By History most Thai peoples don't care about the future they're just thinking today and now.. That is why these thing repeatly keep happened. Fell so sad..
Discussion 7 : 10/12/2013 at 09:25 PM
The burning of building could have been carried out by communist thugs dressed in black or a sinister third hand looking to cause mayhem, it's simply not known who started the fires. The most valuable comparison and analysis if one had to be done, would be the difference in the way the two government responded to mass protests against them. Violent bloody crack down compared to nonviolent reasoning and compromise. Ironic, don't you think, that Suthep is leading the PDRC
Discussion 8 : 10/12/2013 at 07:57 PM
Could we see a similar report for the damage the reds did in 2010, especially after the burning of Bangkok? I would just like to see a comparison, you know, to be fair. No double standards.
Discussion 9 : 10/12/2013 at 07:42 PM
It has taken quite some time to come up with this.I wonder why, the same with the police earlier.
Discussion 10 : 10/12/2013 at 07:33 PM
I think this is something for the DSI to investigate ...
Discussion 11 : 10/12/2013 at 07:00 PM
CAPO, DSI and more of this types of administrations are nothing more political instruments to suppress people who are not in favor from the government
Discussion 12 : 10/12/2013 at 06:56 PM
Pol Col Anucha Romyanan, Do you remember the burning of BKK in 2010? Who paid for that? Such hippocrates.
Discussion 13 : 10/12/2013 at 06:05 PM
Capo are very credible sources, aren't they, with their boss being one of Thaksin's cronies.

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