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    Anti-coup movement to have office next month: Jakrapob

    HONG KONG - The anti-coup movement, the Organisation of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy (FT-HD), will establish an official base in a Western country by next month, Jakrapob Penkair said on Thursday.

    "We have not made a final decision on the place where the headquarters will be, but we have been in talks with more than five countries, all in the Western hemisphere," the fugitive red shirt co-leader told the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club.

    There had been speculation the group might be based in Hong Kong or Cambodia, but Mr Jakrapob ruled out an Asia headquarters.

    "It's not to say the West is superior, but it is more established, it's more well aware of the tricks and the games being played in Thailand now," he said.

    "I believe that by July we should be able to say where this office will be," he added, saying it would be clearly visible and open to the public.

    "We have to work from outside ... but eventually changes must be made from inside, that's what we're working towards," he said.

    Charupong Ruangsuwan announced the setting up of the movement opposing the coup on Tuesday to press for the quick return of democracy to Thailand.

    Mr Jakrapob said former premier Thaksin Shinawatra had not joined the group.

    The Pheu Thai Party has dismissed connections with the movement since its former leader unveiled the plan and said it supported the junta to restore peace and order in the country.

    The NCPO on Wednesday set up five panels chaired by NCPO deputy chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew to monitor content in all branches of the media to prevent the press from becoming tools to distribute false information stirring up violence and provoking public hatred against the monarchy.

    NCPO deputy spokesman Winthai Suwaree on Wednesday defended the move, saying it will not curb the right to know of the public as the panels would only try to end groundless information and rumours issued by the media.

    Asked about the FT-HD coverage, Col Winthai said the decision to report on the movement rested with the media as the junta would not deploy measures to pressure the press.

    The NCPO was not placing any importance on the group as it was more concerned about tackling the country's problems, he said, reiterating that other countries should not support the movement.

    Mr Charupong faces an arrest warrant for failing to report to the coup-makers after the coup. His whereabouts is unknown.


    • #17
      Jakrapob's extradition sought
      June 29, 2014

      National police deputy chief Pol Gen Somyot Phumphanmuang said anti-coup activist Jakrapob Penkair is known to be in Hong Kong right now.


      • #18
        Thai Junta Warns Other Countries Against Supporting Dissidents Overseas

        BANGKOK, July 9 (Bernama) -- The military junta has advised other countries against facilitating any Thai dissident movements abroad, Xinhua news agency reported.

        The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) told foreign military attaches on Wednesday that giving support to overseas movements, in particular the group organised by former Pheu Thai party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan, will be viewed as intervention in the country's internal affairs.

        Army intelligence director Maj Gen Panot Saengtien said the NCPO had adequate evidence linking former PM's office minister Jakrapob Penkair to illegal possession of weapons.

        The junta has sought arrest warrants for a number of red-shirt movement leaders and revoked their passports.

        Jakrapob is a key figure in the anti-NCPO Seri Thai movement headed by Charupong and both men are believed to have fled the country.


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