Public told to report 'shutdown' loss

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) will open from Tuesday until next Monday to receive complaints about damage or inconvenience caused from the "shutdown" operation in Bangkok and other provinces.

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith who is also a CMPO member, said the pulbic would have seven days to report to all police stations nationwide about the trouble caused from the “shut down” operation by protesters under the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

The police will record the complaints as evidence of what problems people have met from the shutdown in matters related to financial transactions, trade or disruption that caused delays in their business, education or healthcare or the disruption in advance voting.

“People aged more than 20 years old, who think that they are in trouble should bring their identification card to report to the police. It is not necessary for them to have the house registration in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani,” said Mr Tarit.

He said the government will investigate the damage caused to those people in order to find measures to help relieve their problems by coordinating with financial institutions to extend repayment periods or reduced punishment fees.

After the end of the protests, the CMPO will propose that the government consider assistance for businesses that coordinate with the CMPO in assisting the public.

The information gathered from the survey will also be used as evidence to take legal action against the PDRC leaders. 

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