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CMPO seeks end to siege of govt offices

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) will today ask the anti-government protesters to end their seizure of state agencies to alleviate the public's plight.

National Security Council chief Lt-General Paradorn Pattanatabut, who also acts as CMPO secretary, said yesterday that the protest by the People's Democratic Reform Committee has disrupted government work, thereby affecting their services for the public. He said government representatives, police and military officials would hold talks with PDRC leaders at the government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road to end their seizure. The government would also issue a 24-hour ultimatum after the talks.

Justice Ministry deputy permanent secretary Thawatchai Thaikeaw said that although the PDRC had not closed the courts, they had shut down other agencies linked to the courts, such as the Legal Execution Department, the Department of Rights and Liberties Protection and the Central Institute of Forensic Science. The government would later ask the protesters to end their seizure of other government agencies.


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