February 27, 2014 00:00 By THE NATION 4,480 Viewed
Pheu Thai members to file complaint; two Navy Seals nabbed heading to protests
DEPUTY GOVERNMENT Spokesperson Sunisa Lertpakawat will today file a police complaint against People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) guards, alleging them of invasion of privacy in an incident on Tuesday.
Sunisa, a Pheu Thai Party politician, was spotted near the Pathumwan rally site at 7.30pm on Tuesday and was evicted by the guards soon after.
She said yesterday that as she was walking out of a beauty clinic on Siam Square and towards Siam Paragon department store, a group of 10 to 20 men chased her from behind, grabbed her hair, locked her arms and dragged her to the guards’ office. She said she later learned that these men were PDRC guards.
At the press conference, she said the men verbally threatened her using sexually abusive language.
She added that the attackers wanted to hide her identity by putting a hood on her head, but they changed their minds when a group of reporters and photographers flocked to the scene.
She also claimed that one of the guards confiscated her iPhone and demanded that she give him the pass code to unlock it.
Sunisa said the guards then took her to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre nearby, before escorting her to Siam Paragon, where she had parked her car, and leaving her there.
She said that while she was being detained, a man who looked as if he was the boss had a discussion about her with someone over the telephone.
“He seemed to be asking the mysterious man on the other end of the line what could and could not be done,” she said, adding that this incident made her feel sad about the protest.
“They always tell the public that their rally is peaceful. But from what they did to me it was not. Their leaders were aware of what happened but did not take any action. I want to ask their leaders, why are you so mean?” she said.
At around noon yesterday, police arrested two Navy Seals (Sea, Air and Land Team members) in a pickup truck at a checkpoint in Thon Buri. Upon searching the vehicle, police found two 9mm pistols, ammunition and M16 rounds as well as two PDRC guard cards.
Deputy Metropolitan Police commissioner Maj-General Thitiraj Nonghanpitak said the two conceded that they had been hired to protect PDRC leaders, but refused to elaborate.
Separately, 1st Infantry Division commander Maj-General Varah Boonyasit said the military would set up 176 checkpoints near rally sites in Bangkok and would also beef up the security at independent agencies.