SOON AFTER the caretaker Cabinet announced that it was putting Bangkok and its outskirts under a 60-day emergency decree and set up the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) to implement it, the agency's Twitter account began working overtime.
Once the CMPO was set up to replace the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), its Twitter account was changed from @capopolice to @cmpolive, though the CMPO is still using CAPO’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/capopolice.
A little before the setting up of CMPO was officially announced, it tweeted: “Follow the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order: CMPO @cmpolive”.
One day before the emergency decree was announced, CAPO was inviting people to forward photographs of the different protest sites to its Twitter and Facebook accounts. And, as soon as CMPO was set up, people were encouraged to send the photographs to Facebook.com/capopolice and the Twitter account twitter.com/cmpolive.
@cmpolive has also been retweeting messages from @nbtsocaillive and @gcc_1111.
Immediately after the emergency decree was announced, @cmpolive tweeted up to 39 messages in both Thai and English about the action.
Here are some of its tweets:
@cmpolive: CMPO imposes Emergency Decree to control protests.
@cmpolive: The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) has declared the state of emergency in Bangkok & nearby provinces for 60 days ...
@cmpolive: CMPO has declared the state of emergency in Bangkok and nearby provinces for 60 days in a bid to control the ongoing political protest situation.
@cmpolive: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Surapong Tovichakchaikul revealed that CMPO has assessed the political situation ...
@cmpolive: He said that the PDRC has broken the law by closing government facilities and banks, in addition to continually intimidating and ...
@cmpolive: ... and harassing civil servants. He added that the political demonstrations have been subjected to constant instigation of violence.
@cmpolive: ... that CMPO has assessed the political situation involving the PDRC led by Mr Suthep Thaugsuban.
And @cmpolive: Follow the CMPO news on radio station FM 88MHz (English Version).