A series of other events have occurred since that time. On May 28th, DSI used a drone and police helicopters disguised as a channel 7 chopper to survey routes in and around Dhammakaya Temple as part of the plan to arrest the abbot.
On May 29th, 2016 Weerasak Hadda, Chairman of Tambon Klong Sam Administrative Organization invited 150 villagers from his sub-district to a papaya salad party at the entrance to the temple’s main chapel. These supporters say they are not followers but state they stand behind the abbot in gratitude.
“We are here because we are thankful for the temple’s help during the 2011 floods,” said villager Wassana Cheeva-osot. She said the temple provided relief supplies to her village every day until the flood waters receded.
“So, we cannot stand idly by. From what we see in the media, we feel Phra Dhammajayo and his temple are not being treated fairly.”
Locals also brought banners in support of Ven. Dhammajayo and named the foods in support of the abbot. One somtam item was called “Somtam of Gratitude” while a noodle item was nicknamed “Noodle of Temple Love”.
Wassana admitted that villagers who were sympathetic to Dhammajayo parked construction trucks in front of a temple gate to prevent an unwanted third party from entering.
The temple has since filed an appeal for the current arrest warrant to be rescinded and has submitted a request to the Medical Council of Thailand to send doctors to verify Venerable Dhammajayo’s condition.
DSI officials have been running periodic checks on the temple entrances to monitor movement in and out of the temple since May 26th, 2016.