BANGKOK, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Thai police on Tuesday morning arrested Rawee Mashmadol, an anti-government protest leader, in an operation to retake rally sites in the capital Bangkok.
The police have succeeded in retaking a rally site on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok Post reported.
Protesters at the Government House have remained in a standoff with the police, with sandbags and barbed wires set up between the two sides.
Thailand's anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Monday morning led protesters to besiege the Government House to prevent caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from returning to work there.
At around 10 a.m. local time, protesters started to build concrete walls to block gates of the Government House.
Chalerm Yoobamrung, caretaker Labor Minister and chief of the government-run Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order, on Sunday said police would be deployed from Monday to reclaim five protest sites in Bangkok from protesters, including the one near the Government House.
Thai army chief orders tightened security around rally sites
BANGKOK, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's army chief Prayuth Chan- ocha on Monday ordered troops to step up security around rally sites in the capital Bangkok to prevent violence.
Prayuth instructed army agencies concerned to closely monitor the operations of the government-run Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) to retake rally sites, the Nation newspaper reported.Full story
Thai protesters may face crackdown: caretaker labor minister
BANGKOK, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Labor Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung on Monday threatened to crack down on protesters at any rally site when they are gathering in small numbers, the Nation newspaper reported.
In his capacity as chief of the government-run Center for Maintaining Peace and Order, Chalerm said action would be taken against protesters because protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban had gone back on his promise to rally only at certain sites.Full story