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Police ready to arrest Suthep : CAPO chief

Police are now aware of the hotel at which rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban is staying and are waiting for the right time to arrest him on charges of treason and invasion of government buildings, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, chief of Centre of Administration for Peace and Order (CAPO).

He said Suthep, who is heavily protected by at least 40 security guards and a convoy of eight cars, has been staying at a hotel in Ratchaprasong.

"Police are waiting for the right time to arrest him. He mustn't be careless, or he'll be arrested. We have an arrest warrant," Surapong warned.

Surapong, who is also foreign minister, said the ministry's consular affairs department has been forced to suspend passport issuance following the blockage since Monday by protesters of Chaeng Wattana Road where the department is situated.

The department issues 4,000 passports a day, he said, calling on protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban to stop sealing off the department to facilitate passport applicants.

He said the antigovernment People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) should review its activities, which have caused inconvenience to the public and damaged the economy.

Akanat Promphan, PDRC spokesman, said police must be responsible for a series of attacks on rally sites and the Bangkok residence of protest leader Issara Somchai.

Explosive devices were hurled into rally sites at Pathumwan and Lat Phrao, and a bomb was thrown into Issara's house in Laksi late last night. There were no deaths or injuries.

Akanat claimed that an underground armed movement has been serving the government by harassing protesters and called on police to take responsibility for preventing such attempted intimidation.

He also charged police with abusing their authority by putting up antiPDRC posters in the city, and instructing police families to join antiPDRC activities.


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