Suthep: Drug, weapons claims 'invented'

The allegations by the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) that some protesters were using drugs to boost their morale or stockpiling weapons for the Jan 13 mass rally were an “invented story” to seek grounds for imposing the emergency decree, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said on Sunday evening.

Mr Suthep, secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, was referring to the remarks by caretaker Information and Communications Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap on national television Sunday morning that a group of protesters had stolen guns from police vehicles on Dec 26 during the clash at Din Daeng. 

He said authorities believe the protesters may be planning to create a public disturbance during the Jan 13 rally as intelligence reports indicated that large amounts of bullets suitable for the missing weapons had been purchased from gun shops in the capital. 

Mr Suthep described Mr Anudith’s drug and weapon stockpiling allegations as “pure imagination”, saying the caretaker government was trying to distort the truth to smear the protesters by saying they were armed, dangerous and non-peaceful. 

“They are looking for an excuse to invoke the emergency decree to crack down on us. We are good citizens who will fight by peaceful means,” he said.

On Tuesday at 8.30am, Mr Suthep said he would stage another warm-up march to the Thonburi district of Bangkok to invite residents to join the planned rally to attempt to shut down the capital and force caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. 

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Discussion 1 : 06/01/2014 at 12:53 PM
"Mr Suthep described Mr Anudith’s drug and weapon stockpiling allegations as “pure imagination”,..." There is not much pride when you are trapped inside a slowly sinking ship. Why is Thailand putting up with his nonsense?
Discussion 2 : 06/01/2014 at 11:13 AM
But we know who was to blame for the dead and injured, and it wasn't the protestors!
Discussion 3 : 06/01/2014 at 09:18 AM
Why is this fool still trying to get us to believe they are "peaceful"? does he not know the numbers of injured police, and that some of those from gunshot wounds,including the dead?
Discussion 4 : 06/01/2014 at 06:07 AM
I was thinking blindly stupid but naive works as well.
Discussion 5 : 06/01/2014 at 05:59 AM
Surely law enforcement have already identified the good, peaceful types from the fighters.
Discussion 6 : 06/01/2014 at 05:57 AM
Most Thai people I talk to have become bored to death with Suthep, the Democrats, Phua Thai and all the protesting and disunity that is never ending. In fact two foreigners and their families who have lived here for more than ten years are leaving Thailand permanently this week for the same reason.
Discussion 7 : 06/01/2014 at 02:45 AM
Invented as the charges against Thaksin?
Discussion 8 : 06/01/2014 at 12:46 AM
invented same as the 5.8m protesters maybe? or the 'V' Day "it will all end Friday"? or "it will all end This week" or "All be over Saturday"?
Discussion 9 : 06/01/2014 at 12:17 AM
Wow, Running out of tactics, now starting to play dirty tricks and accusations. But it will not work, Mr. BaldHead Capo.
Discussion 10 : 06/01/2014 at 12:14 AM
Misguided maybe, but I don't think Suthep and his followers have this type of explosive scheme in their plan.
Discussion 11 : 05/01/2014 at 11:37 PM
“They are looking for an excuse to invoke the emergency decree to crack down on us" 555 Suthep should know best ! - Karma is a wonderful thing - it is universal and always works!
Discussion 12 : 05/01/2014 at 11:19 PM
The whole of this fraudulous government, their police, their red army,are the worst liars and cheaters of Thai history….A true image of their fugitive boss...
Discussion 13 : 05/01/2014 at 10:27 PM
The purported unusual purchase of ammo could also be from BiB's tired of firing rubber bullets and being stifled in their routine of superiority over normal citizens!
Discussion 14 : 05/01/2014 at 10:21 PM
The Thai-Japanese stadium comments by CAPO about the men-in-black and the police smashing windscreens prove they lie without hesitation or conscience. Anyone who takes what they say seriously now is either on the payroll or amazingly naïve.
Discussion 15 : 05/01/2014 at 10:18 PM
we should see many people die before it gets better.

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