The deputy prime minister in charge of national security said the bail of a key leader of the anti-government red-shirt group will be revoked and he will be apprehended if he once again incites unrest during the upcoming ASEAN Summit.
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban was responding to a report that red-shirt group leader Arisman Pongruangrong is now in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district to plan a movement against the 15th ASEAN Summit, which will start this Friday.
Suthep said he will discuss the issue with acting national police chief Police General Patheep Tanprasert.
The deputy premier noted that if Arisman tries to obstruct the upcoming ASEAN Summit, police will revoke his bail and arrest him.
He said Arisman’s leading of red-shirt supporters to disrupt the previous ASEAN Summit in Pattaya in April had badly damaged the country’s image.
Suthep added the government will do its best to keep peace and order throughout the upcoming ASEAN Summit and stressed that there will not be a repeat of the unrest like that in Pattaya in April.
In the meantime, acting national police chief Police General Patheep revealed he will have to look into Arisman’s bail conditions.
Pol Gen Prateep: Arisman to be prosecuted if staging a rally at ASEAN vanue
Pol Gen Pratheep said Arisman will be prosecuted if the UDD staged a rally at the venue of the ASEAN Summit.
Police General Pratheep Tanprasert , Acting Police Commissioner-General said he would see if the demand letter to be submitted by the leader of the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), Mr. Arisman Pongreungrong, during ASEAN Summit was against the scope of the bail or not. If found to be so, the bail would be revoked and Mr. Arisman be immediately arrested.
Police officers have been keeping eyes on the movements of the UDD leader. The police and the soldiers that were deployed at the ASEAN venue would work collectively to prevent any riots caused by the UDD in the area, said the Police General.
Arisman, the ‘persona non grata’ at Hua Hin this week…
With 18,000 policemen and soldiers mobilized at the cost of nearly Bt300m, Hua Hin and Cha-am beach fronts will look like a war zone during this week’s Asean Summit.
Security will be tight. Everyone entering the hotels where the meetings and related functions take place will be given a different colour of badge. An “Asean Lane” will be set aside for traffic leading to the conference site.
With Arisman Pongruangrong declaring that he plans to lead a delegation of red-shirted protestors to hand a letter to the Asean leaders against PM Abhisit Vejjajiva comes the new announcenment just today that red-shirts won’t be allowed into Hua Hin or Cha-am during the conference to prevent any untowards incident.
Arisman, who staged the “Pattaya fiasco” in April, this year, when he led red-shirted protestors to charge into the Asean summit in Pattaya, has been singled out as the Persona Non Grata of this event.
“He can hand over his protest note to Asean anywhere except in Hua Hin and Cha-am…” Deput PM Suthep Thuaksuban said.
Even Arisman’s look-alikes should try to avoid that area, if they don’t want to be politely told to leave…just to be on the safe side.