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.