Chalerm launches "Peace for Bangkok''

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order began operations on Wednesday with a slogan, "Peace for Bangkok", to reflect its efforts to end street rallies in the city.

Centre director Chalerm Yubamrung warned demonstrators not to invade government offices as they will be defended by security authorities.

"I will definitely not use force except when protesters storm inside government offices," he told a press conference at the Labour Ministry.

The caretaker labour minister has been appointed the centre chief to oversee the enforcement of the emergency decree, which took affect on Wednesday in all areas in Bangkok and Nonthaburi. It includes Bang Phli district in Samut Prakan province and Lat Lum Kaeo district in Pathum Thani.

Mr Chalerm assigned National Security Council chief Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut and Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdith as his key men in implementing the decree.

His press conference followed a temporary blockade of the ministry by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

Mr Chalerm said he held no grudge against the protesters but called on them to respect the rights of other people.

Mr Tarit said the centre will issue a statement directed at PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban to bring back "happiness" to people in Bangkok.

The centre has two offices at the National Police Office and the office of the Defence Ministry's permanent secretary at Muang Thong Thani, said caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who is the centre chief advisor.

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Discussion 1 : 23/01/2014 at 02:02 PM
There is no end-game in politics. It never ends. There are just manoeuvres and current position. that's it, nothing else, and certainly no "end-game".
Discussion 2 : 23/01/2014 at 08:02 AM
Here's the real key in all of this: "Mr Chalerm said he held no grudge against the protesters but called on them to respect the rights of other people." This differentiates protesters (whose rights I support) to insurgents (trying to topple an elected government). Soon, the scheduled elections will arrive & that's going to show the 'end-game' here.
Discussion 3 : 23/01/2014 at 07:07 AM
Nice slogan. What about the rest of the country? Is there a plan, or just a slogan for the foreign media?
Discussion 4 : 23/01/2014 at 07:03 AM
He does not belong to the elitist and is therefore not worthy of reporting .
Discussion 5 : 23/01/2014 at 06:37 AM
It is part of the smokescreen for the foreign press
Discussion 6 : 23/01/2014 at 05:47 AM
Sign should have read "don't do what we did in 2010".
Discussion 7 : 23/01/2014 at 04:56 AM
Why are his eyes so red and watery. Ear issues to go with his recovery from brain damage?
Discussion 8 : 23/01/2014 at 02:08 AM
We haven't seen the other side of that piece of scrap paper, have we? Probably a picture showing him gnashing his teeth at Khun Suthep and a balloon saying "Just watch out, I'll get you whatever it takes!"
Discussion 9 : 23/01/2014 at 01:58 AM
And hell just froze over.
Discussion 10 : 23/01/2014 at 01:51 AM
Has the online version of the Post even mentioned the shooting of Kwanchai Praipana, a major supporter of the government? Every time someone throws a rock at the protesters it's news, but the shooting of somone on the "wrong" side doesn't merit a line?
Discussion 11 : 22/01/2014 at 11:12 PM
Of all people, they chose Chalerm to be the director for Peace. The PT government really has no brains to rule the country.
Discussion 12 : 22/01/2014 at 10:38 PM
how often do I ask this question? It's part of elitism,to exclude ordinary folk fom understanding and feeling involved
Discussion 13 : 22/01/2014 at 10:35 PM
A lot of preparation went into that presentation. Any 7-year old could do better than that. Chalerm is pathetic. This whole fiasco will be over when Yingluck is indicted for malfeasance or negligence regarding the rice scheme. Word on the street., this will happen soon.
Discussion 14 : 22/01/2014 at 08:02 PM
The cat that ate the canary springs to mind in looking at the expression on his face.
Discussion 15 : 22/01/2014 at 07:48 PM
Karlblo, maybe you got up too late, but you can find the news under breaking news .
Discussion 16 : 22/01/2014 at 07:31 PM
Funny Chalerm wants peace? Doesn't he know that it's him and his govt. who took peace away from the people. To return peace, first look at what caused Thailand not to be at peace. Chalrem should get all the law enforcement agency and hunt down all the officials who broke the law by illegally amending the constitution. Go after the paper trail for the rice scheme and get money back for the farmers. This is just to start and there are more, then peace will be restored in all of Thailand. Again, putting the blame on others and never accepting responsibility for ones own actions. Never fails, you already know what PTP will try to do.
Discussion 17 : 22/01/2014 at 07:25 PM
Why is the sign in English?
Discussion 18 : 22/01/2014 at 07:21 PM
http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/390864/kwanchai-praipana-seriously-wounded-by-attacker-with-m16-rifle might be what you’re looking for?
Discussion 19 : 22/01/2014 at 07:16 PM
another photo op for the foreign media…… why is the sign written in English?…. the government is preying on the gullibility of the foreign press
Discussion 20 : 22/01/2014 at 06:41 PM
When you think you heard it all, you realise you haven´t. Desperate times desperate messures.
Discussion 21 : 22/01/2014 at 06:33 PM
Mister Sound Bite. That's all he can come up with. So happy to be in the spotlight again. His loyalty to the Dubai guy is paying off. For now.
Discussion 22 : 22/01/2014 at 06:25 PM
Now I am really worried, send the message "Bring back the Hapiness to Bangkok" to Suthep??? Maybe Mr Chalerm would take and figure out how to seize Suthep instead and "Bring back law and order to Bangkok".

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