Govt service as usual despite Bangkok shutdown: CAPO
January 14, 2014 00:00
Government officials will continue to carry out their work despite the blocking by protesters of some state properties, the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO)'s chief Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Tuesday.
Surapong said the protesters have sealed off the government buildings but services to the public are continuing and some officials have moved elsewhere. People can call Hotline 1111 for information on government services, 1164 for the Customs Department, 1203 for the Commerce Ministry and 1546 for the Labour Ministry.
Anti-government protesters marched to the Customs Department at Klong Toey to close the building this morning while the Labour and Commerce ministries were surrounded yesterday.
Surapong said the government has prepared to help people and tourists and will continue to avoid taking harsh measures against protesters.
Meanwhile Seksan Nakwong, deputy permanent secretary for Tourism and Sports, said tourist centres have been specially set up at Hua Mark, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports and assistance centres were available at Siam, Phaya Thai, Hua Lamphong and Sala Daeng stations.
Prachak Sajjasophon, director of the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, gave assurances that the protest would not affect commercial flights and asked protesters not to shut down the aeronautical radio service, as this would severely affect Thailand’s aviation reputation and image.
Meanwhile Akanat Promphan, spokesman for the antigovernment People’s Democratic Reform Committee, said protesters have sealed off more than 10 government buildings but would not touch the aeronautical radio, railway and mass transportation services, or the stock market.