Suthep: 'Makkhawan arms not ours'

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban has insisted that the weapons police seized from the Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge rally site did not belong to People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) supporters.

Chalerm Yubamrung, director of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), made the claim on Friday as police began efforts to reclaim some rally sites.

Mr Chalerm claimed that police found ping-pong bombs, knives, slingshots, explosive devices and drugs at the protest base on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue after they successfully reclaimed the area that protesters had occupied since early November.

Mr Chalerm displayed the illegal items at a news conference.

Shortly afterward, Mr Suthep and other PDRC co-leaders asserted that the seized weapons and drugs did not belong to PDRC members.

They said that the area from the Suan Misakawan intersection to Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge was controlled by independent protest groups, not the PDRC or its allies.

Mr Suthep said the PDRC firmly adhered to the Buddhist principle of ahimsa or non-violence and engaged only in peaceful protests.

Post Today quoted a source from one of the groups managing the Nang Loeng intersection protest base that leaders agreed to allow riot police to take back the area between Suan Misakawan to Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge.

The source from the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot) said the decision was made because the area was controlled by violence-prone vocational students who refused to obey instructions from Pefot, the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) and the Dhamma Army.

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Discussion 1 : 16/02/2014 at 10:53 AM
If a fool sees planted bombs what does a man with discernment see? Both sides have gun-toting maniacs.
Discussion 2 : 15/02/2014 at 06:28 PM
A fool can see that those bombs were planted there so that Chalerm can have his field day. Why is everything Suthep does so magnified and everything the red shirt goons do so overlooked? Since 2010 it's pretty clear who in Thailand are the gun-toting maniacs
Discussion 3 : 15/02/2014 at 12:52 PM
I think Suthep should leave Thailand for good like Taksin they are both of the same feathers.
Discussion 4 : 15/02/2014 at 12:26 PM
snig I too have seen lots of arm and legs and heads belonging to the protesters
Discussion 5 : 15/02/2014 at 09:50 AM
Anyone who's looked closely at the recent walks has seen arms. Last night a guard in Asoke pulled a pistol on a tourist filming - it was reported by witnesses on Twitter. You'd have to be beyond gullible to accept Suthep's words here.
Discussion 6 : 15/02/2014 at 09:42 AM
Yes I do agree that unfortunately you will find some unruly and violent elements in any peaceful demonstration...but 'mon avis' is not to to judge or condemn the whole movement because of a radical minority !
Discussion 7 : 15/02/2014 at 09:33 AM
And what about the police forces' credibility ??? They haven't lost it because they never had any credibility !
Discussion 8 : 15/02/2014 at 09:21 AM
"They've broken the law plenty of times already".....The worse is that ....... they are continuing to break the law non-stop !
Discussion 9 : 15/02/2014 at 09:20 AM
Yes, Suthep has lost credibility and refuses to take responsibility. How can he run a country or reform process when he cannot even control protesters: "The source from the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot) said the decision was made because the area was controlled by violence-prone vocational students."
Discussion 10 : 15/02/2014 at 09:16 AM
How can anyone no matter who's side, believe anything Chalerm says, he is one of the best examples of why PT should close shop.
Discussion 11 : 15/02/2014 at 08:56 AM
If you could bag Suthep's comments, you'd double the corn crop in Thailand.
Discussion 12 : 15/02/2014 at 08:16 AM
The taxi driver beaten and the voters who were attacked might disagree with the peaceful part.
Discussion 13 : 15/02/2014 at 08:08 AM
Chalerm is so obvious, in the morning he threatens a surprise in the afternoon for the PDRC and what happens he finds arms in the afternoon if they weren't planted then why not take them in the morning in case they disappeared before he got his photo op?
Discussion 14 : 15/02/2014 at 07:34 AM
Amazing Thailand police find all this at protest site but yet to find the grenade thrower who they have clear picture of. Did you find Jimmy Hoffa Too?
Discussion 15 : 15/02/2014 at 07:03 AM
Well he would say that, wouldnt he? I think Mr Suthep has lost all credibility.
Discussion 16 : 15/02/2014 at 06:57 AM
"Mr Suthep said the PDRC firmly adhered to the Buddhist principle of ahimsa or non-violence" Didn't seem to matter in 2010
Discussion 17 : 15/02/2014 at 06:47 AM
Yes, it matters who the weapons belong to! As for breaking the laws plenty of times, explain this governments scurrying around like cockroaches when the lights are turned on. Why no money for farmers? Now the only question really is how much and how long to recover from Thaksin and Yingluks continued policy of deceit and dishonesty. How long will the farmers be made to suffer for their luxuries? For the poor my butt.
Discussion 18 : 15/02/2014 at 06:12 AM
With the police's creditability dropping down to ZERO, it is difficult to believe who told the truth. Personally, based on the history of the two of them, I rather believe Suthep, instead of Chalerm.
Discussion 19 : 15/02/2014 at 05:44 AM
You are joking right?
Discussion 20 : 15/02/2014 at 05:19 AM
Suthep keeps distance from his rally allies. Before that, Suthep said they were close comrades to fight alongside against the government.
Discussion 21 : 15/02/2014 at 04:50 AM
You believe that violent protesters leave weapons behind, when they retreat this site ? The raid was announced in advance. However, there are always some black sheep among peaceful mass protests and I believe, that some student hotheads carry some weapons to defend themselves or the protest site. But that doesn't mean the protest as a whole is violent. We all and Thai people know very well, it is not. There is no intention to hurt other people.
Discussion 22 : 15/02/2014 at 04:08 AM
What else would Suthep have said? Oh yes, those weapons belong to us. So many different groups of mob on the street that claim to be anti -gov are taking advantage of situation to stir up even more trouble and create more nuisance to the public just for own media-crave attention.
Discussion 23 : 15/02/2014 at 01:47 AM
PDRC have already broken the law .. Suthep word is unreliable .
Discussion 24 : 15/02/2014 at 01:36 AM
@loyhaasip1 Have you been to the protest sites at all? They are very peaceful and they are using their own security guards for protection because they do not trust the police force (as they shouldn't) I personally have talked with many of the protesters and security and they have no intention of attacking anyone unless being provoked or threatened.
Discussion 25 : 15/02/2014 at 12:49 AM
Suthep is bound to say that, and his "Peaceful"supporters will agree, but to the majority, they can make up there own mind, they are not stupid.
Discussion 26 : 15/02/2014 at 12:16 AM
Does it matter who's weapons they are? They've broken the law plenty of times already.
Discussion 27 : 14/02/2014 at 11:09 PM
this is a good idea move off the site without violence just move to another location the police will have to keep large numbers of officers at this site to keep it clear when they are kept here they cannot be used at other locations The police will have to close this area off to stop protesters returning and when they close it off they are doing the PDRC job for them
Discussion 28 : 14/02/2014 at 10:58 PM
"The Anti-Government supporters have displayed very little violence during the course of their protests" apart from bombing their own supporters and the photos of the pdrc "unarmed guards" with weapons drawn beamed around the planet by the worlds media, yes , you are correct "peaceful protesters one and all - would never dream of making bombs would they?
Discussion 29 : 14/02/2014 at 10:43 PM
Did they find the gun that Mr C lost in his own house all those years ago?
Discussion 30 : 14/02/2014 at 10:11 PM
Disgraceful act by Charlem. A few facts... The Anti-Government supports have displayed very little violence during the course of their protests. Instead, most violence has been against them. The Anti-Government protesters at Makkhawan had many hours notice that the police would come and so ample opportunity to dispose of such objects. They then peacefully gave the site back. Charlem then displays dozens of bombs within a few hours of the event. Plus CMPO is struggling for legitimacy. I'll let you be the judge...
Discussion 31 : 14/02/2014 at 09:32 PM
Obviously a police fit up.

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