PM staying at 'safe house'

national February 23, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has not returned home for four days due to security concerns and is believed to be staying at a "safe house" at an unknown location in Bangkok

Police, however, continue to heavily guard her residence at Soi Yothin Pattana 3

Yingluck was last seen in public when she made a nationally televised address on Wednesday about the rice-pledging scheme

National Security Council secretary-general Lt-General Paradorn Pattanathabutr said the PM could hold upcountry Cabinet meetings or go to three of her ad hoc offices – the Army Club, the Air Force Command Centre and the Defence permanent secretary’s office

Despite the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee vowing to hunt Yingluck down, Paradorn said the security for the prime minister was sufficient

He said the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order would not be relocated from the Police Club despite protesters going there as its level of security was sufficient

Other senior government figures had not request special security at their residences

It was quiet at the office of the Defence Ministry’s permanent secretary yesterday, except for a crowd-handling drill involving three companies of army officers

The drill involved a scenario where protesters headed to the compound from the south and officers kept them at bay or made a coordinated retreat

It also included a scenario where protesters breached security and entered the building

The focus of the drill was the protection of VIPs, particularly the prime minister

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