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PM believes people know the objective of Wat Dhammakaya

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said Tuesday that he believed Thai people in general were aware of the real objective and demand of Wat Dhammakaya.

About the arrest of Phra Dhammachayo, former abbot of the temple, the prime minister said it didn't matter whether the monk would be arrested before or after the New Year's Day.

What really matters is what will the country gain (from the arrest) and whether this is the right timing (to make the arrest)?, said the prime minister.

Hundreds of police and officials of the Department of Special Investigation laid siege to Wat Dhammakaya before dawn on Tuesday to prevent followers of the cult to get into the temple.

Faithful followers, meanwhile, try to block the officials from getting in, resulting in an uneasy standoff.

It is not known whether Phra Dhammachayo is still in the temple? Or has he slipped out unnoticed?

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)