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Thai authorities target hotels allegedly providing rooms to protest leaders

Thailand's Centre of Maintaining for Peace and Order commissioners has issued show-cause letters to hotels in Bangkok suspected of providing lodging to protest leaders.

BANGKOK: Where does People's Democratic Reform Committee leader Suthep Thaugsuban sleep at night?

Thailand's Centre of Maintaining for Peace and Order (CMPO) commissioners suspect it could be at one of the hotels near the protest sites.

However, Dusit Thani Bangkok, which is one of the hotels which received a show-cause letter from CMPO, has denied it provided accomodation to Suthep.

Suthep's status is currently that of fugitive, following arrest warrants issued against him in lieu of the emergency decree imposed in Bangkok.

The hotel stated that PDRC leaders, including Suthep, were not registered as its guests as claimed by CMPO.

"We are in the hotel business, we give the service as usual but we follow the law. We are willing to give our cooperation to the CMPO," hotel general manager Sukanya Janchoo told the media after explaining to the CMPO at the Police Sports Club in Bangkok on Tuesday.

She said the hotel received a letter from CMPO on Monday, adding that generally, bookings at hotels were affected by anti-government demonstrations.

Nevertheless, she said Dusit Thani Bangkok did not show support or was involved in politics, amidst the current political conflict.

Apart from Dusit Thani Bangkok which is located near the Saladaeng intersection, the InterContinental Bangkok which is located near Ratchaprasong intersection rally site has also received letters from CMPO, alleging that PDRC leaders slept at their hotels.

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