CMPO Crackdown On Some Protest Sites Underway

(18 February) The police have launched the operation to secure a number of roads in Bangkok which have been occupied for over a month by anti-government protesters.

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) yesterday announced that the operation
would aim to
eclaim 5 areas currently occupied by the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy
With the King As Head of State (PCAD), including Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the roads around Government
House, and Chaeng Wattana Road.

CMPO chairman Chalerm Yoobamrung insisted the police would exercise restraint and avoid
violence.

The
operation began in earnest earlier this morning and involved hundreds of riot police officers armed
with shields and batons.

PCAD
protesters responded by blocking several intersections. PCAD leader Suthep Thaugsuban also led
protesters from their campsites in downtown Bangkok to reinforce the demonstrators around Government
House and Ratchadamnoen Avenue to resist the police operation.


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