CMPO To Question Hotels For 'Sheltering' PCAD Leaders

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban receiving donation from a supporter in Bangkok, 7 February 2014

(8 February) Executives of 2 high-end hotels have been summoned to explain to the Thai authorities why they allowed anti-government protest leaders to stay in their hotels.

Executive directors of Dusit Thani Hotel and Intercontinental Hotel are due to meet with officials from Centre  for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) on 11 February for the questioning, said CMPO spokesman, Mr. Tharit Pengdith. 
 
A number of core leaders of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), including Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, are said to have stayed nightly at the 2 hotels as they took the break from anti-government rallies nearby. 
 
The CMPO will also press charges against any parties who continue to support PCAD financially, Mr. Tharit added.
 
Furthermore, he said, the CMPO will continue to use restraint and peaceful strategy against the PCAD′s attempts to besiege governmental departments, in order to avoid any possible losses.
 
Officials in 36 governmental organisations have been allowed to resume their works after PCAD protesters ended the siege of their offices, Mr. Tharit said in the press conference.
 
Arrest warrants for PCAD leaders who had disrupted the General Election on 26 January and 2 February have also been issued, according to the spokesman. Mr. Tharit insisted that CMPO will proceed with the prosecution and the arrests as soon as possible.
 
So far, CMPO has received 20 cases of election obstruction, he said.
 
 

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