Capo urges protesters to vote

The caretaker government calls on the general public, including anti-government protesters, to exercise their voting rights in the Feb 2 general election.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Foreign Minister Surapong Towichakchaikul, who is in charge of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), said on national television on Saturday that the government is still within the framework of the constitution and state officials have to perform their duties in line with the law.

"We would like the public, including the demonstrators, to exercise their voting rights after the government has returned power to the people by dissolving the House of Representatives and calling an election," the said.

"There are some individuals who attempt to intepret the law for their own benefits and they try to provoke state officials and make people hate them by accusing them of discrimination and abusing authority, which caused a misunderstanding," Mr Surapong said.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok, who oversees the Royal Thai Police, said the occupation of the Finance Ministry and government offices complex on Chaeng Wattana road by some demonstrators was in violation of the criminal law and was not considered a peaceful protest.

However, he said, police had exercised utmost patience to avoid violence and prevent damage to public property.

"The government has returned power to the people so they can decide in the Feb 2 election, which will improve the political situation," Pol Gen Pracha said.

Caretaker Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri said the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) had previously informed commercial banks to inspect and freeze the accounts of anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban and other 18 PDRC core members.

Mr Chaikasem said the DSI had later informed banks to freeze the accounts of 20 more PDRC co-leaders.

The department on Friday issued warrants to summon 20 PDRC members, except Mr Suthep, who already has an outstanding warrant, to acknowledge charges of insurrection.

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Discussion 1 : 21/12/2013 at 11:16 PM
The is right..go vote if you want something to say Same as in all other countries
Discussion 2 : 21/12/2013 at 08:28 PM
If you don't vote, you should not complain about the election results. If you do vote and don't like the results you can complain and work harder to get a result you want.
Discussion 3 : 21/12/2013 at 06:14 PM
"Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Foreign Minister President of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order" Why not Only: CTDPMFMPCAPO? Still easyer as Surapong Towichakchaikul ...
Discussion 4 : 21/12/2013 at 04:52 PM
Where else in the democratic world would you find an ex-police general appointed as deputy prime minister, who takes his orders from an ex-police Lt Col ( hiding in Dubai ), and has an ex-police Captain acting as a labour minister? You'd have to confine your search to sub-saharan Africa. Ex-police officers are not shining examples of democracy, and fear reform more than anyone else, especially if they're rich.
Discussion 5 : 21/12/2013 at 04:44 PM
The rational and peacable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people.
Discussion 6 : 21/12/2013 at 03:00 PM
"make people hate them by accusing them of discrimination and abusing authority, which caused a misunderstanding," Seems like this word "Misunderstanding" is used a lot by the PT party. Everything that they do not agree with is just put off as a misunderstanding, enabling them to ram their positions down the throats of anyone who doesn't agree. That is called being a dictator. Don't worry yourself, you are just misunderstanding our intentions. We know best, now go away.
Discussion 7 : 21/12/2013 at 01:58 PM
PheuThai Can't wait to crawl back to the Honey Hole!

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