Capo 'wants more soldiers'

The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) has asked the military to deploy 20 more companies to back police officers in dealing with the attempted shutdown of Bangkok by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on Jan 13, an army source said.

The request would increase the number of military personnel who will be mobilised in the capital next Monday to 40 military companies, or 6,000 soldiers, the source said on Monday. 

Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) spokesman Banphot Phunphian earlier said at least 20,000 policemen would be involved in a joint police-military operation to prevent and handle any incidents on the Jan 13 anti-government rally. 

The source said army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha had ordered all soldiers taking part in the operation not to carry weapons. They would be armed with shields and batons only. 

Meanwhile, Lt Gen Surachet Chaiwong, deputy chief of staff, on Monday afternoon paid an inspection visit on behalf of Gen Prayuth to five companies of soldiers who began to help police maintain peace during the protracted protest and guard Government House on Saturday.

He said Gen Prayuth and other high-level army officers were concerned about the safety of their men and stressed that they must adhere to discipline as core of the operation and perform their duties with caution to avoid confronting the protesters. 

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Discussion 1 : 07/01/2014 at 06:00 AM
What public opinion? The ones on the streets? The happy fews? How about the others opinions? Thaksin is always the excuse... As usual, the anti-government protesters think that the elected government (of course elected by mass vote-buying) should step down to let good people like Suthep rule the country or else it would be the responsibility of the government if there is confrontation! I also want a change in Thai politics, but if you think you are strong enough as indicated by the millions of protesters on the street, you will surely win the next elections! Transform the power of these protesters in a democratic political force!
Discussion 2 : 07/01/2014 at 05:55 AM
Casuist.. Surapong is a "it" not a "she". As for the she you mention, she has a different idea of what her job is. She is convinced that she has to bring back the crook in dubai and NOTHING esle
Discussion 3 : 07/01/2014 at 05:10 AM
So, therefore Thailand must abandon "One-man-one-vote" system and use the appointed system like Saudi-Arabia or North Korea??.. just asking !!!!
Discussion 4 : 07/01/2014 at 12:54 AM
After reading the various news articles since this all started, I can now confidently say that Thaksin (I will not say Pheu-Thai) only dissolved the government because he feels sure of re-election. He has no intention whatsoever of reforming Thai politics and no intention of any concessions whatsoever to the millions of people who have demonstrated against them. Nobody likes the idea of the shutdown - but this government seems to seriously underestimate the strength of public opinion. They will not do anything until they have no choice and that is why confrontation is inevitable.
Discussion 5 : 07/01/2014 at 12:40 AM
It's like playing golf at the wrong course. I am neither for Suthep nor Yingluck, but I don't see the logic here. Shut down Bangkok to force the caretaker prime minister to resign?
Discussion 6 : 07/01/2014 at 12:07 AM
Indeed she will... after a large number of casualties unfortunately...
Discussion 7 : 06/01/2014 at 10:51 PM
CAPO does NOT need more soldiers; it needs to find some intellect.
Discussion 8 : 06/01/2014 at 10:42 PM
No, just doing her job. If she was not concerned you would have good reason to berate her.
Discussion 9 : 06/01/2014 at 10:39 PM
You know that? I think it is still very much an open question which way the army will jump, if it jumps at all. Either way Prayuth has a great deal at stake. As for next Monday, the help the army provides could possibly make the difference between a critical city breakdown and a national disaster.
Discussion 10 : 06/01/2014 at 09:54 PM
i smell Thai dead bodies.
Discussion 11 : 06/01/2014 at 09:19 PM
It is obvious (to me...) PT is attempting, using all strings and ropes of their fat book of tricks, to compromit the RTA, to make it side for their 'government' and against the wide protest movement. Gen Prayuth succeeded(?) in resisting(?) the call for an emergency decree, but, allowed, by mistake or for some other unknown(?) reason, the RTA to put its earfinger into the cog-wheels of Thaksin's dictatory machine, by granting a deliquescent 'YS' 'administration' 20 companies 'to guard' 'in close cooperation with the RTP', now, hours later, Surapong's CAPO is already asking for 20 more... Is it not obvious to you too Gen Prayuth, or...?
Discussion 12 : 06/01/2014 at 09:11 PM
the fugitive's little sister better book her one-way ticket to dubai and pack her burberry bags.
Discussion 13 : 06/01/2014 at 09:04 PM
Yingluk is desperate now to get help from the military. IMO Yingluk thought she had Prayuth in her handbag after playing up to him at all those early defence meetings, You Tube videos captured her smoozing and batting the eyelids. It must have been a shock for her to learn he did not fall for her charms and had been playing her all alone. One of the funny moments in this mess.
Discussion 14 : 06/01/2014 at 08:46 PM
Capo di tutti capi is getting desperate.

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