Thailand govt: list of 61 funding protests — The Thai government’s Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) says it has evidence proving 61 companies and individuals are guilty of allegedly funding the ongoing anti-government protests in Thailand, according to reports.
A working group has already been appointed to find out who exactly is funding the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) rallies, said Anti-Money Laundering Office chief Seehanat Prayoonrat on Wednesday afternoon.
He said investigations are ongoing and the CMPO is poised to freeze the bank accounts of those implicated.
Those found guilty of violating the emergency decree could face up to two years in prison and/or a 40,000 baht fine.
“I curse businesses or anyone who supports the PDRC to oust the government,” said the caretaker Labour Minister, who predicted those financially backing the anti-government protests could face their own financial problems within six months to a year, according to a Bangkok Post report.
He claimed people in some firms are former ministers and want to become ministers again, and denounced those who boycotted the elections as “shameless”.
The CMPO has not yet released its list of 61 alleged financial protest backers, but a list of 32 has been leaked to the media. A government spokesman reportedly admitted that some of the names on the leaked list match those of the government list.
The Post Today newspaper published the names of 19 companies on the leaked list, which included Saha Pathanapibul Plc, Gaysorn Plaza, Siam Paragon Department Store, King Power Group, Dusit Thani Hotel, Siam Intercontinental Hotel, and Riverside Hotel.
It also identified 13 individuals on the list.
Boonchai Chokwatana, the chief executive of Saha Pathanapibul Plc., Thailand’s leading consumer goods producer, said the CMPO just blindly put the company’s name on the list, and it is wrong to label the firm a financial “pipeline” simply because protesters choose to buy their products.
Sahapat is not interested in politics and we do our businesses transparently,” said Mr Boonchai. “We don’t need any political support, we don’t support any political side and no PDRC members have asked for Sahapat’s help”.
He said the caretaker government was likely trying to discourage businesses and individuals from getting involved with the PDRC, but warned the authorities that such tactics are likely to turn people against them.
The CMPO has already questioned executives of the Dusit Thani Hotel and Siam Intercontinental Hotel, and they insisted they had not provided assistance to Suthep Thaugsuban, PDRC secretary-general. Both hotels also said Mr Suthep was not registered as a guest.
The CMPO claims it has evidence Mr Suthep was seen eating dinner at the Dusit Thani Hotal at 10pm on Tuesday evening.