Luang Pu ceases protest activities

Luang Pu Buddha Isara, leader of the PDRC’s Chaeng Wattana rally site, on Wednesday announced a temporary end to his protest activities following the imposition of martial law.

The protest monk said all political activities at his base would be suspended to comply with the martial law orders, adding that he did not want to create more burden for the military, Thairath daily website quoted him as saying. 

He instructed PDRC security guards to be vigilant before allowing strangers, or even close acquaintances, to enter the rally area, especially women. He said he had a tip-off that a saboteur would try to infiltrate the site.

He said the tip was in line with reports that martial law military officers seized a large cache of firearms and ammunition in the dormitory room of a 44-year-old woman in Samut Sakhon on Wednesday morning. 

Asked to comment on the remark by PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Tuesday that he would surrender to army chief Prayuth Prayuth if he fails to achieve victory, Luang Pu said the situation had changed and the PDRC may have to find new, suitable ways to push its cause.

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