Lite Beer 9745 Posted February 13, 2011 Share Posted February 13, 2011 PAD defies police order to clear out of roads. By THE NATION ON SUNDAY. The yellow shirts yesterday resisted a police order for them to vacate public roads around Government House where they have camped out for weeks. The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) yesterday said the order No 2 of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) was unconstitutional as it had been issued with the intent to block a peaceful demonstration. The police were acting under CAPO, which was formed after the Internal Security Act was imposed last week in seven Bangkok districts, covering locations with political significance such as Government House, Parliament, and the Democracy Monument. Chamlong Srimuang, a PAD core leader, yesterday did not rule out the possibility of the PAD protesters camping inside Government House, saying that could be one option though he refused to elaborate. He made the remark after Sondhi Limthongkul, a PAD core leader, had earlier threatened to march into the Government House compound if the police cracked down on protesters. There were fewer protesters yesterday evening compared to the same time on Friday when the PAD leaders announced they would move to rally at the Royal Plaza. Prapan Khoonmee, spokesman for the PAD, said the CAPO order was illegitimate because there had been no threat to national security. The order was unconstitutional as it violated constitutional rights. The PAD would file a suit against the government for violating their rights. Chamlong said the PAD would not resist the police if they wanted to crack down and disperse the protesters. "After dispersing, we will come back together. We will camp out again wherever we can,'' he said. VIOLATING PUBLIC RIGHT Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the PAD had violated the right to free movement of commuters by camping out on roads and blocking traffic. "Do not claim that the government aims to resort to violence because we do not. Do not create conditions or instigate situations that could lead to clashes because that does not bode well for the country,'' he said. He said he had been trying to manage the border situation in a way that it would not lead to clashes as that would open the way for Cambodia to internationalise the issue. The government wanted to solve the border conflict through bilateral negotiations, which most people in the country agree is the best solution. But the PAD's stance dismisses all bilateral mechanisms, he said. "Why do you [PAD] want to scrap the bilateral negotiations? You may misunderstand. That is what Cambodia wants. Why do you want that? The government takes full responsibility for its handling of the Cambodian issue,'' he said. -- The Nation 2011-02-13 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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