Prayuth won't rule out military coup

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday did not rule out the possibility of a military coup, while expressing his concern over the current political situation, particularly the growing violence.

The army chief said this when asked about the possibility of a coup in the current situation, in an interview at army HQ after chairing the monthly meeting of commanders of army units this afternoon.

Gen Prayuth said a coup could happen, but would depend on the situation and timing. He believed that at this stage, nobody would listen to the military even if they did stage a coup.

"The military does not shut or open the door to a coup, but a decision depends on the situation.

"The military is now adhering to peaceful means and trying to place itself in a neutral position, not taking sides. We are not doing anything to interfere with the work of the authorities, while looking to take care of the people," Gen Prayuth said.

The army chief called for all sides to stop violence, saying that from what happened yesterday at the Thai-Japanese sports complex at Din Daeng it was apparent that some group of people resorted to violence and inciting a state of chaos, the same way as that in 2010.

The military, he said, will do what they can to prevent violence.  "We want the two sides to stop creating further conflict," he added.

"I have not been indifferent to the situation, but I can't say anything much.  Soldiers will be firm to upholding righteousness and creating an atmosphere of safety," he said.

Gen Prayuth said an investigation must be conducted to take action against wrongdoers in yesterday's violence.

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Discussion 1 : 28/12/2013 at 07:24 PM
We want democracy without corruption!
Discussion 2 : 28/12/2013 at 09:38 AM
No army, no Suthep. We want electoral democracy.
Discussion 3 : 28/12/2013 at 07:49 AM
Suthep should have proceeded according to the law. He proves by his actions he is above the law. Why is this? He should be in jail not in the streets in sighting a riot.
Discussion 4 : 28/12/2013 at 05:09 AM
Many may accept the idea that a military coup shall stop the violent protest from going on. It is optional, as the military commander lined out, both no shut or open at the immediate moment from time being. This is what Thais always say farang doesn't understand Thai politic. Base on past history recorded, coup d'├ętat is the final solution if both government and opposition do not wish to compromise.
Discussion 5 : 28/12/2013 at 05:00 AM
Thanks for your reply dear Bumchai which is unbiased even if you don't think so, which by the way, is possible to do Ha Ha. The present situation is what i am referring to, not 25 years ago as you seem to refer to. Thanks, Have a Good New Year Macca !!!!
Discussion 6 : 28/12/2013 at 04:38 AM
But the police won't do that
Discussion 7 : 27/12/2013 at 10:03 PM
How can any one make a unbiased reply on your personlal opinion? Not only Thaksin is the problem, all politicianc involved over the last 25 years are at fault, some more or less, but all has minus points. Why did Suthepnot start reforms when he was in government a few years ago? They are all the same!!
Discussion 8 : 27/12/2013 at 09:34 PM
I was just asking a friend today what the military was waiting for to step in, considering the clashes of yesterday...and here comes the answer, which is in fact no answer at all...
Discussion 9 : 27/12/2013 at 08:38 PM
The police will always do a good job against anything non-red. They did nothing three years ago because they supported the terrorists who took over BKK.
Discussion 10 : 27/12/2013 at 07:56 PM
All residents & others in Thailand know that Khun Thaksin is the one and only reason of disharmony here,and if Pheu Thai Polies are so affluent in their own right, why on earth are they so beholding to him, to put the country in so much turmoil ??? An unbiased comment would be appreciated Thankyou !!!!!
Discussion 11 : 27/12/2013 at 07:40 PM
What nonsense, they dont want to side up. They should do what the government tells them to do. But there is the problem. They are above the elected government and for the moment nobody can change that. With other words, elections or appointed councils or whatever, the military will always be the one having the last word.
Discussion 12 : 27/12/2013 at 07:11 PM
an army chief "not out-ruling" a coup in any real democracy would be removed at the least! In some countries he would be arrested and tried for treason. Have they not learned their lesson? - Thailand is only in this situation because of the 2006 coup! All the people who want change for the better should come up with a new political party that is actually electable - Dem and PT would loose voters in the millions if there was a good alternative!
Discussion 13 : 27/12/2013 at 07:00 PM
The constitution needs to be rewritten,that is obvious, to have an election before will be a futile. It would appear that it is written for the benefit of parliament and some prosperous families and not the people as intended..If the only way out of this deadlock is to delay the election to allow reforms then so be it and that should be without military intervention.
Discussion 14 : 27/12/2013 at 06:59 PM
Hey, here's an idea. Instead of a coup how about defending government institutions and election booths against violent mobs fomenting insurrection against an elected government? Put simply, just do your job.
Discussion 15 : 27/12/2013 at 06:42 PM
Another coup won't do any harm or good to Thailand because it is getting use to it already and other countries just think that it is normal in Thai society. Thais have to learn to accept the majority and reality or else the country is doomed.
Discussion 16 : 27/12/2013 at 06:27 PM
Defend the people's right to vote and be a hero to everyone.
Discussion 17 : 27/12/2013 at 06:22 PM
If the red loving police had stepped in and done their jobs 3 years ago it is doubtful that there would have been the bloodshed that took place. The problem is and was that the police are a fraternity of clowns in brown and Taksin is one of the big clowns. The entire force of police officers in this country should be fired, without any extended pay or benefits and Thailand should start again with law enforcement not the farce that is position today.
Discussion 18 : 27/12/2013 at 06:05 PM
Well 20 coups would make it a nice round number! Perhaps it should be formalised and written into the new constitution, every 4 years a coup, then we can dispense with all the mobs and street warfare.
Discussion 19 : 27/12/2013 at 05:56 PM
No need to stage a military coup, since the army has been in fact the top boss of the country since the 2006 coup. Everyone should be very well aware of the fact that no one dares to demand restructuring the army. Meanwhile, it is very obvious that the police have been doing a much greater job in mob control than what the army did in the deadly crackdowns more than 3 years ago, while the mobs this time are proven very violent, and the most aggressive (storming many places).
Discussion 20 : 27/12/2013 at 05:52 PM
A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
Discussion 21 : 27/12/2013 at 05:48 PM
Two sides??? Protestors AND police?
Discussion 22 : 27/12/2013 at 05:23 PM
the protest has from the start been about getting the military to take over as that is the only way the dems can get put into power only to lose power at next election. thailands still along way from democracy

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