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BMA decries talk of legal action by CAPO

Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has told police to file for arrest warrants against former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban, as well as Blue Sky Channel and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Meanwhile BMA criticised Surapong, chief of the peace administration centre, for saying that legal action would be taken city authorities for supporting protest leaders by supplying antigovernment protesters with toilets and water.

Wasan Meewong, advisor and personal spokesman to Bangkok governor, said that Surapong’s real intention was to attack Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra. who is a member of the opposition Democrat Party.

"Surapong was using his imagination in saying that BMA should face legal action for supplying water and mobile toilets at the rally sites," he said.

Surapong, the foreign minister, is the chief of the Centre of Administration for Peace and Order (CAPO), which was set up to handle the current antigovernment demonstrations led by former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban. The police has accused Suthep of sedition for his leadership in the protests.

Wasan added that if the interior ministry issues a warning to the BMA, the city clerk will be responsible for giving an explanation.

"If the BMA wants to support the protests, it could use its own vehicles and equipment to remove cement barriers erected to block protesters. Our supplying of the mobile toilets and water truck is allowed under the law," he said.

He also said the premier told a press conference that the government would not use violence but instead encourage talks but Surapong seems intent on expanding the conflict and problems.

Surapong also threatened to take legal action against Democrataffiliated Blue Sky satellite television channel, which is broadcasting the protests as well as financial supporters of the protests.

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