CMPO to retake 5 rally sites this week

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order will use the police to retake five rally sites occupied by People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters this week and there will be no more talks since previous attempts had failed, CMPO director Chalerm Yubamrung announced on Sunday.

Mr Chalerm's announcement was made in a press conference televised live on Channels 9 and 11.

He said one of the areas to be cleared is the vicinity of Government House including Orathai bridge, Chamaimaruchet bridge and Suan Miksakawan intersection where PDRC protesters have blocked officials from entering their offices.

Protest leader Luang Pu Buddha Issala would be asked to move PDRC supporters away from the Chaeng Wattana rally site or be subject to severe legal action.

A rally would no longer be allowed on Ratchadamnoen Avenue from Makhawan Rangsan bridge to Phan Fa bridge.

The protesters at the Interior Ministry would be asked to move out.

And the occupied area at the Energy Ministry must be retaken since the protesters had caused trouble for the people, he said.

Police forces would be used to retake these five spots. If met with resistance by protest guards, who are said to be armed, the police might have to use guns to protect themselves, Mr Chalerm said.

Since talks had been held without success about 10 times so far, there would not be any more. The protesters should move to the rally site of PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban, he said.

Mr Chalerm pleaded for public understanding, saying the government had exercised restraint and patience.

Therefore, in the coming week there must be no more PDRC protests at these five spots, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 17/02/2014 at 12:42 PM
And nothing will happen, just the same way as with Abhisit.
Discussion 2 : 17/02/2014 at 04:34 AM
Once protesters start getting killed, need to charge Yingluck and Chalerm, same as they charged Abhisit.
Discussion 3 : 16/02/2014 at 09:44 PM
Start packing for Dubai Chalerm...On a one way ticket....
Discussion 4 : 16/02/2014 at 08:29 PM
Is there any depths of stupidity this man can plumb any longer?
Discussion 5 : 16/02/2014 at 07:43 PM
Why do they have a platform on state tv?
Discussion 6 : 16/02/2014 at 07:03 PM
This seems like an abuse of power by the CMPO. Bringing squads of police to move out non violent protesters is somewhat undemocratic. They should at least wait until the outcome of the case deciding the legality of the emergency decree is given. Just a thought
Discussion 7 : 16/02/2014 at 06:45 PM
Chalerm makes me laugh as usual..I remember his ultimatums to the yellows every morning...555
Discussion 8 : 16/02/2014 at 06:29 PM
Charlem is loosing the plot. Firstly the government is in caretaker mode and does not much power to govern. Secondly, this government has a number of court cases against them and many of the politicians in power will loose these, shown to be incompetent, and band from politics for 5 years. Which begs the question: why do they continue to cling onto power as the end is inevitable? Why prolong the agony?
Discussion 9 : 16/02/2014 at 06:19 PM
Chalerm is spitting into the wind if he thinks the protests will stop. They might if the rice farmers get paid in the next 2 weeks ... If they don't, watch out for trouble from another quarter.
Discussion 10 : 16/02/2014 at 05:50 PM
And just in case Chalerm and his troops are unable to do what comes out of his big mouth what will he do? Offer his head? Again? Nobody takes Chalerm serious anymore!
Discussion 11 : 16/02/2014 at 05:35 PM
Good luck to them

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