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Thai police forces ready to arrest anti-govt protest leaders

English.news.cn   2014-05-11 19:42:53

BANGKOK, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Thai police forces have been prepared to take action to put anti-government leaders in custody only if an arrest warrant for them is approved by court on Monday.

Tharit Pengdit, secretary general of the caretaker government's Center for the Administration of Peace and Order, announced Sunday that the police forces, including the Arintharat special police unit, will immediately arrest protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and 50 others on rebellion charges if the arrest warrant, already submitted by public prosecutors, is approved by the Criminal Court on Monday.

Suthep, a former deputy premier and former secretary general of the opposition Democrat Party, has pressed the Senate speaker and heads of the judicial branch to name a non-elected prime minister instead of allowing the Election Commission to hold a new election to pick one from among elected lawmakers.

"Such calls from the anti-government protesters for a non- elected premier are not only breaching the constitution and laws but invoking displeasures from other people and might possibly trigger street violence and civil war," said Tarit, who is concurrently chief of the Department of Special Investigation.

The anti-government protesters will gather on Outer Rajdamnern Avenue just outside the headquarters of the United Nations, barely half a kilometer from Government House which they currently occupy.

Given the self-proclaimed "sovereignty," Suthep has pressed newly-elected Senate Speaker Surachai Liangboonlertchai and the presidents of the Supreme Court, Administrative Court and Constitutional Court and the chairman of the Election Commission to name a non-elected, "neutral" premier as soon as Monday.

Surachai planned to convene a special meeting with his upper house colleagues at parliament on Monday to discuss "a way-out for the country" from the prolonged political conflict.

He said all suggestions will be taken into account, including those raised by Suthep and several ex-Democrat Party legislators who have orchestrated the anti-government protests.

Nevertheless, Tharit contended that the caretaker government legally remains in power under the leadership of acting deputy premier Nivatthamrong Boonsongpaisal who is currently performing on behalf of deposed premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

He called on members of the public to stay away from the anti- government protesters anywhere in the heart of the Thai capital as the police forces will immediately take action to arrest those protest leaders.

He did not elaborate as to how the police forces will do to get them arrested, however.

The Arintharat police force is known as a Special Weapons And Tactics unit trained to counter urban terrorism.

Meanwhile, pro-government demonstrators who have peacefully gathered in the capital's western outskirts have vowed to fight all "undemocratic" efforts to overthrow the elected caretaker government.

Nattavut Saikua told the huge crowd, mostly being Red Shirt members, on Axa road that the Senate speaker and heads of the judicial branch are "highly respected, highly-qualified persons who will not do anything only to breach the rules of law and ruin their own reputations."

The pro-government demonstrators will not tolerate the seizure of powers by any undemocratic means either with or without the support of the judicial branch, according to the Red Shirt leader.

Editor: Luan
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