Arrested PCAD Leader Insists No Wrongdoing

(19 February) The police have arrested a core leader of the anti-government protest movements on charge of besieging state agency and damaging public properties.

Mr. Tinnakorn Onprathum, a prominent member of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), was apprehended at a police checkpoint at around 00.45 last night on Phaholyothin Road.
Police said Mr. Tinnakorn was riding on a Toyota pick-up truck with two companions. According to the suspect, he was returning to a PCAD rally stage at Makkawan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Avenue after venturing out to buy food and medicine for his throat condition.
Pol.Maj. Chayut Marayart said Mr. Tinnakorn is wanted on charges of besieging a governmental office and damaging public properties, after he led PCAD protesters to block entrance to Department of Forestry on 12 February in which some protesters allegedly caused damages to the building. 
Mr. Tinnakorn′s relatives later arrived at the police station to apply for a bail release.
The activist claimed that he was not aware of any arrest warrant. Mr. Tinnakorn also admitted that he was the leader of PCAD demonstrators on 12 February, but denied any wrongdoing. 
He insisted that he was merely campaigning for the public servants to abandon their works and join the anti-government protests, which Mr. Tinnakorn says is completely legal under the democratic regime. 

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