Ageing peers reject Seh Ai's call

A group of senior military officers who graduated from the early classes of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School have rejected a call by Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, alias Seh Ai, for serving and retired officers to support the People's Democratic Reform Committee.

Gen Boonlert, chairman of the pre-cadet school's Class 1, on Thursday called for military officers who are junior, including those on active duty, to support the PDRC's campaign for reform.

He claimed to represent the elderly, now senior, students of Classes 1-9.

Pol Maj Gen Monthien Prateepavanich, a  member of Class 8, led about 25  alumni of Classes 7-13 and Class  19 to a  press conference, where they declared that Gen Boonlert had acted without consent from all the former students he claimed to represent.

Since a royal decree had been issued to dissolve the House of Representatives and a general election scheduled for Feb 2, Gen Boonlert and his followers had acted improperly in calling for support for the PDRC,  which is trying to block the elections, he said.

"We do not agree with Gen Boonlert and his supporters.  We would like to call for all old students of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School to comply with the royal command so that the Feb 2, 2014 election can be successfully held," Pol Maj Gen Monthien said.

An informed source said the Defence Ministry has asked all political groups not to claim to represent any of the armed forces or military institutions.

Gen Boonlert led the unsuccessful anti-government protests by the Pitak Siam group.

The Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School was established in 1958, and class numbers date from then. It provides education equivalent to the last three years of senior high school and is run by the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. Most graduates move on to the professional academies, such as the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, the Royal Thai Naval Academy, the Royal Thai Air Force Academy and the Royal Thai Police Academy. 

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Discussion 1 : 13/12/2013 at 05:27 PM
I think the PDRC have already convinced themselves that they are the government, surely by now even the dumbest of people must be seeing the warning signs.
Discussion 2 : 13/12/2013 at 05:02 PM
"the PDRC's campaign for reform".....The misleading terminology used by the media to support coup-mongers continues unabated........They call coup-mongers anti-Govt......Now they say that the coup-mongering PDRC has a campaign for reform as in this quote, when everyone knows it is coup-intentioned only....."Reform" in their world means to change political realities to the point they win elections, and then "Reform" will be deemed complete and wholesome.
Discussion 3 : 13/12/2013 at 03:45 PM
Thanks for these clear words. A good example for the state of mind of blind "PDRC" supporters.

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