Army denies coup rumour

The military is not preparing to stage a coup, deputy army spokesman Winthai Suwaree said on Monday afternoon, rejecting speculation in some media as "groundless rumour".

The wide-spreading rumour that the armed forces were holding a close-door meeting to discuss plans for a military coup was totally groundless, said Col Winthai.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha wanted Thai people to  enjoy a happy New Year celebration without any concerns about a possible military coup, he added.

The spokesman urged  people to think carefully before accepting rumour as fact.

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Discussion 1 : 31/12/2013 at 01:09 AM
It depends on the situation. If there is no way out like now, a coup will have to happen as it is neutral because Sonti didn't want the coup too. It's better to step a few steps back then to be crippled and moving no where but people dying.
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 09:35 PM
We are in need a military coup against coups?
Discussion 3 : 30/12/2013 at 09:26 PM
Enjoy while you can. After the party the WAR will begin so you must be ready
Discussion 4 : 30/12/2013 at 06:45 PM
the best post i've seen in this newspaper in one month….. we're all human beings… Best Wishes and aHappy New Year
Discussion 5 : 30/12/2013 at 06:03 PM
Question re: Yingluck Shinawatra... Don't the government take an oath prior to serving pledging to uphold the constitution, etc.? Hillfarang why are you playing naive?
Discussion 6 : 30/12/2013 at 05:57 PM
Well, Asian societies have a strong belief in the virtue of sweeping out the bad and bringing in the new around New Year's sooo .......
Discussion 7 : 30/12/2013 at 05:57 PM
Thought this was scuttlebut started by Jatuporn and Wattanut to stir up the red hordes in the north. Aren't these two supposed to stay out of this due to their upcoming trials on terror charges??
Discussion 8 : 30/12/2013 at 05:37 PM
I expect the oath they swear is to protect the Kingdom of Thailand. Of course they should make plans for a coup because the violence may soon get out of control. There is already a third-hand trying to escalate the situation (just like in 2010). When Thaksin thinks he might lose everything if the political reform is done outside of his control, he may well decide a clean slate is the only way out and flood the streets with blood. The army will have no choice but to step in because the police will not (again).
Discussion 9 : 30/12/2013 at 04:54 PM
True better first enjoy New Year celebrations, get your drinks... and then.... let the party start
Discussion 10 : 30/12/2013 at 04:23 PM
Best wishes to all; may the New Year brings reconcilation, peace and happiness to all. Good luck!!
Discussion 11 : 30/12/2013 at 03:51 PM
Is this like the chairman saying the managers job is safe at a football club?
Discussion 12 : 30/12/2013 at 03:43 PM
Question re: Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha... Don't these Officers take an oath prior to serving pledging to uphold the constitution, government, etc.?
Discussion 13 : 30/12/2013 at 03:21 PM
Holding a closed door meeting to plan for a coup? Not bright at all! The practice is normally planned outside a meeting room. The room is only for show. It would have been the first New Year's coup in the history and cursed upon by all merrymakers. So there is no coup today or tomorrow or the next day. But afterwards, who know?
Discussion 14 : 30/12/2013 at 03:12 PM
Well Thailand is the leading country in rumors and gossip
Discussion 15 : 30/12/2013 at 03:04 PM
we already have a police state, loyal to a fugitive,can anythings get worse,speculation can only come from the defence minister,is she worried nah she has the police force to protect democracy and is against ditatorship
Discussion 16 : 30/12/2013 at 03:02 PM
This may be the best New Year's gift the people will receive this year. Happy New Year and hopefully the people of the nation will decide what they want soon.

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