February 21, 2014 00:00 By The Nation 5,242 Viewed
PDRC leader paid Bt120,000 in compensation after Shinawatra linked hotel cancels bookings
Anti-government protester monk Buddha Issara yesterday received Bt120,000 in compensation after his booking at a Bangkok hotel owned by the Shinawatra family fell through.
He had sought to book the rooms as part of protest activities targeting Shinawatra family businesses.
The monk yesterday led a group of protesters to SC Park Hotel on Praditmanutham Road, having paid a Bt4,200 deposit. The hotel is owned by SC Asset Corp.
Upon arrival at the hotel, the monk showed the hotel manager the receipt for the rooms.
The hotel manager informed the monk that the hotel had to cease operations for the day because guests were frightened.
The monk and his group left after agreeing to receive the compensation payout.
Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), said protesters would rally at all business sites linked to the Shinawatra family – with the exception of Rama IX Hospital and Shinawatra University.
Move to block finances
He said the Yingluck Shinawatra-led caretaker government survived because money was power, so the PDRC would try to disrupt the family’s financial sources. Suthep also urged his supporters to stop using AIS mobile-phone services.
That is despite the InTouch group, which runs AIS, claiming the Shinawatra family no longer had shares in the group.
Takorn Tantasit, National Broadcasting and Telecommuni-cations Commission secretary-general, said the number of people porting from other networks to AIS’s cellular network yesterday was around 1,000 while the number of AIS subscribers porting to different networks was around 600.
He said the movement was typical.
Anusorn Iamsa-ard, spokesman for the ruling Pheu Thai Party, labelled the PDRC’s campaign to disrupt the businesses as bullying, and wondered how Suthep would feel if his businesses were affected.
He said many businesses targeted by the PDRC were no longer owned by Shinawatras, adding that the disruptions adversely affect Thailand's economy.
He called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to take action against Suthep after he called on investors to dump stock linked to the Shinawatra family.