Government advised, use martial law

The government should impose the martial law to deal with the anti-government protesters, Amnuay Klangpha, former Pheu Thai MP for Lopburi, said on Saturday.

He said the special law is needed to ensure peace and order as the anti-government protests, led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), are creating severe economic damage to the country.

The protesters are not the majority of Thai people as claimed by the PDRC secretary general and former Democrat MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thugsuban, he added.

Mr Amnuay said under the Section 188 of the constitution, caretaker prime minister and defence minister Yingluck Shinawatra has an authority to impose the martial law.

Ms Yingluck should discuss a plan for the martial law imposition with commanders of the armed forces, the ex-MP said.

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Discussion 1 : 22/12/2013 at 04:21 PM
But in 2010 the protests were far from peaceful.
Discussion 2 : 22/12/2013 at 04:10 PM
Yes, that's what the DP did.
Discussion 3 : 22/12/2013 at 12:15 PM
Military has stood up to collaborate with current caretaker cabinet. This is a sign to show they understand what these people in the caretaker cabinet can do for them and civilians. Military chooses to stand neutral can be interpreted they want to see change but things should be done within the law of rule. No short cut allowed. So, what I see is that martial law can be used to disperse the illegal street protest. Thailand cannot stand to lose financial loss any longer. It is times up for the caretaker government taking drastic action to stop it from going on once for all by using military powerful influence.
Discussion 4 : 22/12/2013 at 10:30 AM
I'm for that, if you can't join them beat them.
Discussion 5 : 22/12/2013 at 02:18 AM
Khun Amnuay shows why political reform needs to be undertaken before any elections.
Discussion 6 : 22/12/2013 at 01:48 AM
In 2010 how many red shirts occupied Bangkok.. 300- 500 thousand? or more?
Discussion 7 : 21/12/2013 at 11:22 PM
It was most unwelcome in 2010 when Abhisit declared martial law.
Discussion 8 : 21/12/2013 at 11:16 PM
Lots of unworthy news around. Like old octogenarian brass demanding the generals side with "righteousness". But what the heck, even you and I get to have our say here. So why not Amnuay?
Discussion 9 : 21/12/2013 at 11:14 PM
I agree. Force would play into the hands of the protestors. They themselves though can use force because they know they are invulnerable.
Discussion 10 : 21/12/2013 at 11:13 PM
The affluent minority are the ones protesting now Blue. And you refer to "out of date" methods. 2010 was just around the corner.
Discussion 11 : 21/12/2013 at 10:35 PM
He does not look at all of an achiever on Google either...
Discussion 12 : 21/12/2013 at 09:20 PM
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Discussion 13 : 21/12/2013 at 08:46 PM
Whole world is watching, puzzling what shall happen in Thailand next. Yingluck resigned? Or general election goes on as schedule to process? Martial law can be taken to impose in order to stop political mess and severe of economic damage.
Discussion 14 : 21/12/2013 at 07:58 PM
Martial law is not a valid option - the army and police should continue looking the other way, unlike several years ago when Abhisit, Suthep and the democrats turned them loose on the red shirt protesters. Once the PDRC is allowed to take over completely, don't be surprised if a crimson sea flows into Bangkok to take back their government they legally elected 2 years ago. Suthep may soon find out - what goes around, comes around. The use of force by a minority is likely to be met with a greater force from the majority - people who are wronged won't take it forever.
Discussion 15 : 21/12/2013 at 07:41 PM
Martial law will cause much more damages to the Country than the protests. Does he have any idea what Martial law means to tourists?? They stay away from it.
Discussion 16 : 21/12/2013 at 06:49 PM
Finally, As much as some of the statements are pot shots at government and the protesters, this comment is the most accurate, open and honest comment that has been allowed to be viewed. Nui, your post is worthy of being in the news. It makes more conscientious sense than some of the dribble that is being put out by the government. Well done !!!!
Discussion 17 : 21/12/2013 at 06:43 PM
A former PT MP said the government should impose martial law. Meanwhile, a former Dem MP said the government should not impose martial law.
Discussion 18 : 21/12/2013 at 06:03 PM
This is the whole problem, this is why you are having the demonstrations Mr Amnuay your old out of date methods need to be vanished..Government is for the whole of the people not the affluent minority.
Discussion 19 : 21/12/2013 at 05:55 PM
says he from his house in Lopburi, pathetic representative -good that he is a former but I bet this comment was aimed at scoring with Dubai.
Discussion 20 : 21/12/2013 at 05:29 PM
Use of unnecessary force will spell disaster for Thailand ! Think twice before you act, caretaker !!!
Discussion 21 : 21/12/2013 at 05:03 PM
Who the hell is Amnuay Klangpha? What has he ever done for Thailand? What makes this man's worthless opinion so newsworthy?
Discussion 22 : 21/12/2013 at 04:30 PM
No need to get drastic, just sit back and take notes.
Discussion 23 : 21/12/2013 at 04:05 PM
This is the sort of thinking that qualifies a person to be a PTP mp.
Discussion 24 : 21/12/2013 at 03:46 PM
not a good idea. BUT we will get more Baht for the Dollar 555
Discussion 25 : 21/12/2013 at 03:41 PM
Martial law = dictatorship, an admission that you have a crowd big enough to show there is something seriously wrong with a govt and that govt's answer is to scrap the law and bring in the army.
Discussion 26 : 21/12/2013 at 03:36 PM
Yet more bad advice for the PTP! Incredible! There has been no violence, yet an INCREDIBLE turnout, which the government keeps increasing, due to their own foolish behaviors!
Discussion 27 : 21/12/2013 at 03:02 PM
I want to laugh but I don't want to hurt myself, God, how low can it go?
Discussion 28 : 21/12/2013 at 02:58 PM
I don't think so. If the military has the intention to stage a coup for opposition, they will do it earlier.
Discussion 29 : 21/12/2013 at 02:57 PM
No need to impose marshal law to ensure law and order . Because there is law and order. No violence , no burning , no shooting , no MK79 grenade launcher , no M47 rifles , no siege on hospitals and parliament . No incitement from the stage to use force or violence against other people or against the state or to burn private or public property. There will be no justification for imposing marshal law, except to protect yourself from provoked people. The constitution court made this clear already. You want to reject the constitution court again ? This is not a war, this is a peaceful rally.
Discussion 30 : 21/12/2013 at 02:51 PM
Protest is normal and healthy in a democracy. Peaceful protest is to be welcomed, and a bit of road congestion is no excuse to bring out the army.
Discussion 31 : 21/12/2013 at 02:39 PM
....perhaps start with Martial Law in Lopburi as a trial, and see how reform will take place there under such imposements.
Discussion 32 : 21/12/2013 at 02:11 PM
Amnuay may be right. It is high time for Yinglick to pick approvable action to stop this mess started form none ending demo that causes national economic loss and political bewilderment.
Discussion 33 : 21/12/2013 at 02:08 PM
There’s probably a good reason he’s an EX-MP.
Discussion 34 : 21/12/2013 at 02:06 PM
The dream of all Suthep's followers since 2 years : a coup. Their unique chance to take the power.
Discussion 35 : 21/12/2013 at 02:06 PM
Do you think he can? - think!
Discussion 36 : 21/12/2013 at 01:55 PM
That would be the quickest way to a military coup. K. Klangpha obviously hasn't thought it through!

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