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Chalerm vows non-stop campaign to clear sitesPhuket Gazette / ReutersPHUKET: The man in charge of the government's Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) yesterday vowed to step up the operation to evict anti-government protesters, while the protest groups remained defiant about continuing their street rallies.

Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, the CMPO director, said that yesterday's Operation Valentine to reclaim the areas occupied by protesters had shown that the police were well prepared to raid the protest sites any time they liked.

"Anywhere we go, we could seize it all – but we don't want to do it [forcefully]," he said, adding that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had advised against the use of force for fear of bloodshed.