Army moves in heavy guns, tanks

The army has announced it plans to move heavy artillery and armaments into Bangkok Monday night.

The announcement was to allay any fear of a military coup. The army said the heavy artillery and armaments including tanks were transported from Prachin Buri to Bangkok for the parade marking Army Day on Jan 18.

More armaments from Saraburi, Lop Buri and Chon Buri will arrive for the occasion later. 

The army said people should not feel nervous about a military coup. The force had planned to relocate the armaments to Bangkok this Saturday and Sunday but moved the date up to avoid the anti-government shutdown next Monday. 

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Discussion 1 : 11/01/2014 at 03:27 PM
Wishful thinking.
Discussion 2 : 10/01/2014 at 10:06 PM
Perhaps the Jan 13th may turn out to be the 'Judgement Day' after all.
Discussion 3 : 10/01/2014 at 03:27 AM
One tank two tank war
Discussion 4 : 06/01/2014 at 08:36 PM
What a coincidence!
Discussion 5 : 06/01/2014 at 03:33 PM
Don't over-react. The award was not for man\people of the year, but for the protest movement as an event.
Discussion 6 : 06/01/2014 at 12:58 PM
Photos of the movements show large numbers of troop transport carriers.
Discussion 7 : 06/01/2014 at 12:23 PM
Not as irresponsible as awarding Suthep and his followers the annual award of "man/people of the year".
Discussion 8 : 06/01/2014 at 12:22 PM
With the equipment being moved into Bangkok, could it be for a display on Children's Day on the 11th? The RTAF is already practicing over Don Muang.
Discussion 9 : 06/01/2014 at 12:21 PM
After 22 military interventions in about 75 years I think it is evident the fear planted in society is the result of the military's actions.
Discussion 10 : 06/01/2014 at 12:19 PM
Hill what do you mean "this government was appointed"?
Discussion 11 : 06/01/2014 at 12:18 PM
Useful only as a show of force.
Discussion 12 : 06/01/2014 at 12:18 PM
He and the generals might have decided together, on the date and on a lot more
Discussion 13 : 06/01/2014 at 12:17 PM
Paranoia when based on the awareness of 22 military interventions in 75 years is justifiable and understandable.
Discussion 14 : 06/01/2014 at 11:04 AM
Heavy artillery is all but useless for any coup attempt, as there would be no combat units to shell from afar. Too much paranoia on the red side.
Discussion 15 : 06/01/2014 at 10:40 AM
Wonder why Suthep pick January 13? Clever or just luck?
Discussion 16 : 06/01/2014 at 10:36 AM
The truth: They will not let Suthep take over BKK with force. Period. Remember, this government was appointed & serves thge people & monarchy too.
Discussion 17 : 06/01/2014 at 10:28 AM
This places pressure on the Caretaker Government to come to an accommodation with the Opposition Political Party since it makes easy for a Military decree to be issued once the Forces the physical presence.
Discussion 18 : 06/01/2014 at 10:17 AM
Good to inform the public at this time of turmoil, however... Reds should stop stalking the army with whispering gossip about coups. For the record the Royal Thai Army doesn't need heavy guns and equipment to stage a coup! It shows how fear is planted in society (or just a few paranoid 'on bail' reds?)
Discussion 19 : 06/01/2014 at 10:16 AM
What utter nonsense. The current unrest is entirely due to the army overthrowing the democratically elected Thaksin Shinawatra. Okay, everyone knows he was corrupt, but what politician isn't?
Discussion 20 : 06/01/2014 at 10:05 AM
as a visitor to thailand on many occasions i am saddened by the current situation, i hope all sides show restraint and respect of each others views. best wishes to all issan mick
Discussion 21 : 06/01/2014 at 10:02 AM
On the surface this seems a reasonable explanation, heavy guns and tanks are not much use for controlling crowds, that needs boots on the ground. So I think what is more relevant is the number of foot soldiers that will be escorting these tanks and guns.
Discussion 22 : 06/01/2014 at 09:34 AM
So they say! But me thinks otherwise.
Discussion 23 : 06/01/2014 at 09:31 AM
a very irresponsible headline given the current political situation
Discussion 24 : 06/01/2014 at 09:30 AM
So long as the show of military force protects all of the people of Thailand - from the elite right through to the beggars on the streets on the streets of Bangkok - then the Gods will smile :-)
Discussion 25 : 06/01/2014 at 09:22 AM
Thai army chiefs have proven time and time again of being the true and honest protectors of the constitutional monarchy and democracy in the past several decades, and they have never done anything unconstitutional or undemocratic. Therefore, Thai people and people from the civilized and democratic world should not be panic and give up hope and trust in the Royal Thai Army chief.
Discussion 26 : 06/01/2014 at 09:20 AM
What a masterstroke of convenient logistics and strategy. Will Yingluck also be conveniently visiting the North at the same time, I wonder.
Discussion 27 : 06/01/2014 at 09:15 AM
They'll be nice and handy then, if/when needed.
Discussion 28 : 06/01/2014 at 09:08 AM
What about the aircraft carrier ?

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