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Chalerm tells protesters to leave govt offices in 72 hours or face arrest

Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, the director of the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order, on Monday issued an ultimatum to protesters to halt their siege of government offices within 72 hours.

Chalerm said the protesters would be arrested if they refused to stop blocking government offices.

"I'll deploy assault units, which will be set up today, to arrest all of them for violating the emergency decree and for illegal intrusion into government offices," Chalerm said.

He said the CMPO would not yet seek help from the armed forces to launch the crackdowns.

He said people who were besieging government offices should leave and return to the rally sites.

"Action will be taken against only those who are blocking the work of government officials, not against other demonstrators," Chalerm said.

He said the actions would be taken by the CMPO and would have nothing to do with the prime minister," adding "I'll take responsibility myself".




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