CAPO to use combined forces against capital shutdown

The Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) today threatened to use combined forces to deal with protesters taking part in the shutdown of Bangkok on January 13.

Announcing the warning live on TV Pool before noon today, CAPO head Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that the threat to shut down Bangkok on January 13 could pose a serious threat to the country’s security and economy and would have widespread impact on the people as a whole.

He described the shutdown as serious violation of human rights with no regard to the rule of law.

He said the people must  think carefully before joining the shutdown of the capital with the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

He said  Suthep’s announcement to seize the capital and to revolt against the government was a serious crime and violation of the Criminal Act in which  violator is subject to death penalty.

Mr Suthep has repeated several serious crimes and the Criminal Court has already issued warrant for his arrest on insurrection charge, he said.

He said the government has prepared “capital protection” plan to cope with the shutdown by using combined forces to act simultaneously.

He did not elaborate if the combined forces would include the military but warned the people to think carefully as the plan called for strengthened measures and all forms to deal with the shutdown which he described as a very serious threat to national security and badly tarnish the reputation of the country among international communities.

But he said the measures would comply with international standards.

He also called on the public and private sectors to prepare themselves to cope with the shutdown of the capital so as to avoid damages to their organizations.