Police Seeking Arrests Of Anti-Election Protesters

Anti-election protesters prevent a voter from entering a polling station on Jan. 26, 2014, in Bangkok.

(17 February) The police are currently seeking the arrests of protesters who obstructed the advance voting of 2 February election.


Protesters led by the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) have besieged numerous polling stations in Bangkok and 11 southern provinces on 26 January in order to disrupt the general election.
PCAD is calling for the formation of an unelected "People′s Council" to rule Thailand and implement series of reforms deemed necessary by the PCAD leadership before any election can be held. 
Although obstructing election is a criminal offence under the Thai laws, few attempts have been made to prosecute the PCAD protesters who besieged the polling stations. 
But police in Minburi said today they have arrested a PCAD supporter for allegedly disrupting the election on 26 January. 
The suspect is identified as Mr. Thaworn Bhiromjit. The police have previously issued arrest warrants for Mr. Thaworn and 4 other accomplices on the charge of preventing Thai citizens from exercising their rights through the election under the democratic regime. 
Mr. Thaworn was arrested on 15 February in Preecha 11 Village, Minburi district, Bangkok, said Pol Col Kanchon Intraram in a press conference at the Metropolitan Police Bureau.
The accused denied all allegations and insisted to only testify in court, he added.
Pol.Col. Kanchon said the police is seeking to arrest Mr. Thaworn′s accomplices and other suspects accused of disrupting the election. 

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