TOT affirms it will not cut telephone lines in support of PAD

September 4th, 2008 - 1:44 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Board of the TOT company affirms that it has no intention of siding with People’s Alliance for Democracy demonstrators by ceasing telephone services.

The Spokesman to the TOT company Board, Mr. Rathien Srimongkol (ระเฑียร ศรีมงคล), reports that the company has announced to its employees that anyone wishing to joing People’s Alliance for Democracy demonstrations may do so, as it is their personal right. Mr. Rathien affirms, however, that the TOT, in its capacity as a state enterprise, will not impede the provision of public telephone services and will not cease operations to make a political statement.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the CAT Telecomm Labor Union, Mr. Somboon Supsarn (สมบูรณ์ ทรัพย์สาร), said that members of the Union are currently considering whether or not to cut international telephone lines and internet gateways in support of the PAD. Mr. Somboon said that the CAT Telecomm Labor Union is awaiting clarification on the political situation before acting on its plan. The Labor Union Chairman reveals that only certain telephone lines or internet applications may be shut down, depending on the message the union wished to send to the government.

Mr. Somboon adds that all telephone and internet lines will be cut only if a drastic event occurred, such as the arrest of People’s Alliance for Democracy activists and leaders by the government.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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