Re: "Anger and violence rock voting in capital, South", Politics, January 7.
Surapong Towichakchaikul, supervisor of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO), condemned the PDRC interference as a violation of the law and as derailing Thai democracy. “The government insists that the election [on February 2] will go on as planned. The people who intervened in the voting will be punished by law,” he said.
Surapong blamed the Election Commission (EC) for failing to ask for help from the government to provide safety for voters, and claimed some commissioners had “cooperated” with protesters. The government would sue the EC for misconduct under Article 157 of the Criminal Code, he said – ie the failed election next week will be the EC’s fault.
Surapong failed to rebuke the murderers of the protesters or state that they will be arrested soon. Meanwhile, the CMPO will summon a group of actors who have been addressing the rallies. They are not accused of telling lies – it is the truth that hurts.