Jatuporn warns soldiers against coup

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) core member Jatuporn Prompan on Sunday asked military leaders to keep their word by not staging a coup in the wake of the political chaos caused by the People's Democratic Reform Council (PDRC) led by Suthep Thaugsuban.

Mr Jatuporn was speaking at a UDD press conference called to give an upate on the political situation.

He said the Democrat Party's announcement to boycott the Feb 2 election was not exciting because this had been expected. "Maybe they think they can defeat the Thaksin regime by not competing in the election," he added.

Mr Jatuporn urged the Election Commission to find ways of making the election clean and fair.

He also called on all the armed forces commanders to keep their word.

"You have said there will not be a coup. You must keep your word. Without a military coup, Mr Suthep will never bring down this government," Mr Jatuporn said.

Weng Tojirakan, another UDD core member, said Mr Suthep should call off the protest and accept the prime minister's proposal for all political parties to jointly reach an agreement that there will be political reform after the election.  

"The Democrat Party is not excluded if it wants to see political reform. The prime minister has opened a way for it to join. If not, you could be branded as a political hooligan," Mr Weng said.

UDD chair Tida Thawornseth said this was the third time the Democrat Party had boycotted an election.

"This party should be disbanded and its members should then join the PDRC. By not taking part in the election, the Democrat Party is joining hands with the rebels to topple democracy," she said.

"On Dec 23, the first day for party-list candidate registration, we will see if the rebels stir up violence or intimidate the candidates," Ms Tida said, referring to PDRC leaders.

She called for the people to support the election and not to allow political hooliganism to prevail. She predicted there would certainly be strategic moves to obstruct the election, so the government must make sure it maintains peace and order.

"The UDD is not fighting for any party. We will rise to fight only if there is a coup," she said.

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Discussion 1 : 24/12/2013 at 11:31 AM
Now that is a very good idea both of them
Discussion 2 : 23/12/2013 at 12:19 PM
So Thaksin Regime is now on the books - as most sensitive caring people for Thailand have known. For the rest it is Khun Jatuporn, Khun Weng, Khun Tida's blah blah blah. Bring out the videos of Jatuporn on stage in 2010. Let's listen ll over again. And who is the party list 2? A failed member of the regime.
Discussion 3 : 23/12/2013 at 09:39 AM
so how can the legal system here accept that a convicted criminal, quoted by jataporn as taxsin regime,be allowed to continue to run the country,surely there is something seriously wrong with the system,thailand have a long way to go before they have a fairer society,thats accountable and transparent
Discussion 4 : 23/12/2013 at 04:23 AM
That is precisely the problem with the regime that is running the show now.
Discussion 5 : 23/12/2013 at 04:15 AM
How can he stand there and scream after all that he had done, the shame is unimaginable, also the name UDD suggests they should vote against themselves, how dumb do they think people are, let's reform after we re-elect ourselves and finalize the loan and there can be no coup to stop us !
Discussion 6 : 23/12/2013 at 02:32 AM
This hypocrisy seems to know no limits.
Discussion 7 : 23/12/2013 at 01:33 AM
"Maybe they think they can defeat the Thaksin regime.... Thank you Jatu for calling PTP "the Thaksin regime" "the Thaksin regime" sounds really democratic, doesn't it.
Discussion 8 : 23/12/2013 at 01:06 AM
I find it interesting all these 'new profiles' that have surfaced in the last 2 weeks (most of which are anti-reforms) ;)
Discussion 9 : 23/12/2013 at 01:01 AM
Sorry, but THE most wanted list for a jail sentence of two years - you must be joking.
Discussion 10 : 23/12/2013 at 12:42 AM
"Maybe they think they can defeat the Thaksin regime by not competing in the election," At least he has finally admitted there is a THAKSIN regime Not Red regime or PTP regime.. So much for just being supporters of the PTP government.
Discussion 11 : 23/12/2013 at 12:20 AM
"US and EU strongly back the 2-Feb.elections"...Because overthere Democracy is not just a number of votes as it is overhere.Fascism is already in place that's why some changes are needed and the sooner the better.Just tell me why this gvt is so repellent to start making changes now,why wait another 2-years without even knowing if any changes will be approved to be implemented.How can we trust a gvt that don't even want to show the results of rice sales saying it is National security :does it make sense to borrow 2-trillions out of budget on vague projects not knowing how much they will really cost and what you are going to get for that money?
Discussion 12 : 22/12/2013 at 11:58 PM
I cant believe Jatuporn believes he is still relevant .What is his job exactly ?
Discussion 13 : 22/12/2013 at 11:50 PM
If anything, the Army will stage a coup because Mr Jatuporn keeps telling them not to do one!
Discussion 14 : 22/12/2013 at 11:22 PM
Tida talk about hooliganism. Well, it takes one to know one..... from iPhone application.
Discussion 15 : 22/12/2013 at 11:21 PM
I suggest that Mr Suthep and Mr. Jatuporn be barred (LIFETIME) from politics of Thailand. They seem to be behind all the uprising every time it comes about. They are trouble makers. They can not be trusted.
Discussion 16 : 22/12/2013 at 10:17 PM
to Leotro : the protesters are not against fair elections but against bribed elections ! They favour a transparent and clean democracy, not run by a megalomaniac leader like the Shinawatra clan. And yes, many farang think that Thai politics lack maturity...
Discussion 17 : 22/12/2013 at 10:05 PM
u can hardly think why even try to!
Discussion 18 : 22/12/2013 at 09:53 PM
But is not the corrupt people who will head the mission? Sorry - but it's a dream senarios. It is only a question of who is most corrupt. Everyone knows how the government and the people in the administration buy their own positions. That's why the administration let the demonstrators come into their offices, and participated in the demonstrations around their own offices. Taksin is just an elephant in a china shop. And all PM are controlled by someone in all democracies. In USA the gun dealers, and oil business f.ex. have quite a control with of the governement and the president.
Discussion 19 : 22/12/2013 at 08:48 PM
Tida is not a former communist. She is still a red commie...
Discussion 20 : 22/12/2013 at 08:46 PM
The US and EU have strongly backed the 2 February elections. I read an article by a pro-deomcrat yesterday where she claimed again "farang do not understand Thai ways" suggesting there were different forms of democracy. Maybe, but denying one man on vote is not acceptable. If these people do not want democracy they should at least admit they prefer a form of fascism and not remain in the closet.
Discussion 21 : 22/12/2013 at 08:43 PM
Doctor Suthep
Discussion 22 : 22/12/2013 at 08:13 PM
The way to have a clean and fair election and put Thailand on track to true Democracy is to black list every existing political party and all of their members for life. Take those like Jutaporn and place them in jail until their legal trials are finished. Revoke the passport of Taksin and have him placed on the most wanted list of Interpol. Inform the countries where Thaksin is throwing his money around drumming up sympathetic support that the game is up. The rest of the pieces will fall into place quick enough.
Discussion 23 : 22/12/2013 at 08:08 PM
How dose it go" Trust me I am a doctor" only this doctor will administer the medicine to late after the patient is dead with no fight left.
Discussion 24 : 22/12/2013 at 08:06 PM
Ha ha! pure theatre, Jatuporn is like a wind up duck, periodically chirping 'no coup' 'no coup' with clockwork regularity. Sounds like a parrot to me, it's the only sensible thing he's learn't, can't think of anything else to say.
Discussion 25 : 22/12/2013 at 07:41 PM
Tida the former communist lecturing on democracy, Jatuporn the leader of political hooliganism calling the kettle black. Red = despicable.
Discussion 26 : 22/12/2013 at 07:37 PM
I commend UDD leaders for reminding Thai elte that this time they can not expect to easily overthrow the government. In addition to the UDD and a more politcal population in PT heartland, I fully expect a strong disapproval from US and EU this time around.
Discussion 27 : 22/12/2013 at 07:27 PM
Not fighting for any party then why all the fighting talk and pro government demonstrations in the last few weeks ?. Is there anybody affiliated with The UDD/RS movement that is capable of telling the truth ?
Discussion 28 : 22/12/2013 at 07:19 PM
I thought Jatuporn was under a court order about political activities? Or has that expired? If not, looks like contempt of court to me, get him back inside.
Discussion 29 : 22/12/2013 at 07:19 PM
"By not taking part in the election, the Democrat Party is joining hands with the rebels to topple democracy," she said (Tida). I wish the PTP and UDD would stop lying to the Thai people. The peoples uprising has nothing to do with toppling democracy. Quite the opposite. People are fed up with corrupt politicians who proclaim that they represent democracy and the Thai people as a whole, who in fact only serve themselves. The peoples uprising wants to stop this corruption, restructure parliament and country and create a true democracy for the good of all Thai's. Besides, PTP is run by a self-serving unelected fugitive. Is that democracy ?
Discussion 30 : 22/12/2013 at 07:14 PM
Tida would know all about intimidating candidates!
Discussion 31 : 22/12/2013 at 07:09 PM
since the puea thaksin regime does not accept the constitution or it's court and their leader aims for becoming the president a military coup is very much justified.
Discussion 32 : 22/12/2013 at 07:08 PM
When will Jatuporn be in front of a court? He is an accused terrorist with lots of evidence against him and he still runs around and he still wants to tell other people how to behave. IMHO agitators like Jatuporn should be in jail!
Discussion 33 : 22/12/2013 at 06:58 PM
I thought the military was very clear in saying they will not do a coup & wanted all sides to be reasonable & compromise. If there is a Constitution in place is it not the military's duty to defend the King & the constitution? I trust the military will not stage a coup regardless of the protestors call to dismantle the government.
Discussion 34 : 22/12/2013 at 06:52 PM
Being branded a politcal hooligan by ‘Dr’ Weng is a bit like being branded as a racialist by Nick Griffin.
Discussion 35 : 22/12/2013 at 06:50 PM
Didn’t he used to be an MP? What a crying shame that he lost his job.
Discussion 36 : 22/12/2013 at 06:41 PM
Seems lately the UDD 'rebels'(sic) are moving more and more erratically, a bit like grey shrimps thrown alive in hot water, as if they realize that once cooked they turn red and become edible...? Franck Sinatra in 'My way'? 'And now the end is near...'?
Discussion 37 : 22/12/2013 at 06:34 PM
"we will see if the rebels stir up violence or intimidate the candidates," Grandma Tida said" . She calls them rebels because they are exercising their rights to say they do not like the party she supports. Don't you like the taste of your own medicine. This is your last week in the job anyway so goodbye .
Discussion 38 : 22/12/2013 at 06:27 PM
"Mr Jatuporn urged the Election Commission to find ways of making the election clean and fair." One way wold be for you to go live in Dubai ... with you and your red shirts army around be led fed and paid by the other guy in Dubai their will never be a free and fair election in Thailand
Discussion 39 : 22/12/2013 at 06:23 PM
The UDD is not fighting for any party. We will rise to fight only if there is a coup," she said. What a lie. Every time this woman opens her mouth crap just flows out.

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