BANGKOK, Feb 8 — The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) said it has summoned executives of two hotels to clarify after they have given shelter to anti-government protesters who have committed crimes and were under arrest warrants.
DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith, who is also a member of the CMPO, said after the meeting that the CMPO has invited the management teams of Dusit Thaini and Intercontinental Hotels to meet CMPO officials at the Police Club on Tuesday at 2pm.
He said the CMPO wanted explanations after the two hotels allowed the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest leaders to stay at their hotels.
If the clarifications were not resonable and clear, the CMPO would take legal actions against them for supporting the wrongdoings of PDRC leaders particularly Suthep Thaugsuban, the PDRC secretary general.
Mr Tarit also warned groups who had given financially support to the protest to cease immediately. He added that the CMPO was investigating and would prosecute them.
He said government offices which were earliered blocked by protesters have now reopened 36 offices and the rest would be gradually opened.
As for the deportation of Mr Sathit Segal, a Thai-Indian businessman accused of joining the anti-government protest, Mr Tarit said that the DSI and Immigration Bureau have agreed on the deportation and the issue was under consideration of a committee chaired by the Permanent Secretary for Interior.
At the PDRC’s Lumpini Park protest site, Mr Suthep told PDRC supporters around noon that the PDRC would move to raise Bt10 million cash to help farmers who were waiting for government payment for their crops under the controversial rice pledging scheme.