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Warrant approved for monk

The Criminal Court yesterday approved an arrest warrant for Luang Pu Buddha Issara, leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee camp on Chaeng Wattana Road, on charges of obstructing the snap election.

The court said police had provided sufficient evidence to confirm the monk had blocked advance voting on January 26 and the polling last Sunday.

Buddha Issara's attorney said he would file an appeal with the court because the protests were carried out peacefully and without weapons.

What sounded like gunshots were heard at the PDRC site and EC officials were checking to see if was safe for EC officials to return to work today at Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road.

Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said he would deploy 1,000 volunteers and police to evict protesters from the Interior Ministry and retake the building in four days.


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