Old soldiers say 'no' to shutdown

Former students of Classes 7-13 of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School issued a statement on Tuesday opposing the People's Democratic Reform Committee's plan to shutdown Bangkok on Jan 13.

The pre-cadet school alumni, about 30 of them, are led by Gen Pornchai Kranlert, Air Chief Marshal Sumeth Phomanee and Gen Somchai Somprasong.

In the statement, they said the shutdown would cause trouble for Bangkok people and hurt trade and the economy.

They voiced support for the Feb 2 election and asked soldiers to safeguard the country's security and democratic rule, as well as the monarchy.

All those holding different opinions should resort to talks to find a way out for the country, the statement said.

Gen Pornchai praised the military for its stand on the ongoing conflict.  He believed there would not be a coup,  because everyone was aware that the 2006 coup had ruined the country.

All of the students of Classes 7-13 are now retired soldiers.

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Discussion 1 : 07/01/2014 at 06:11 PM
All this nonsense of the class of this year or that year, what happened to promotion by merit? Why does Thailand need 2000 Generals? The answer of course is obvious the army is itself is riddled with corruption it take a large trough to feed 2000 mouths.
Discussion 2 : 07/01/2014 at 06:11 PM
What could bkk1 possibly mean? Is he buying into the officially sanctioned Thainess precept that ignorance is bliss, even if that blissful ignorance must sometimes be enforced under pain of draconian punishments?
Discussion 3 : 07/01/2014 at 05:16 PM
Unfortunately the military does as it pleases; a constitution is just a piece of paper to them. They tore up the previous constitution after the 2006 coup which had been seen by the international community as Thailand's first-ever "People's Constitution".
Discussion 4 : 07/01/2014 at 05:14 PM
Sorry you can;t twist this one around. Even the 2006 coup leaders publicly stated they had failed to achieve their aims. One of those aims was to get rid of corruption. Instead, it got even worse.
Discussion 5 : 07/01/2014 at 05:11 PM
Hmmm. So the plan is now to create mayhem, instigate violence and bring about intervention from half the Army? Whilst the 16 million PT voters, the other half the army and the 8.3 million people in Bangkok who are not marching and blowing whistles, just sit idly by. Might just be that the plan is to let them set up the stages, get them all in one place and arrest em.... As Bob Geldof once said.... "It's a Rat trap baby...... and you been caught" One thing to tell the troops to move in and fire.... but can you be sure which way they will fire this time!!!!
Discussion 6 : 07/01/2014 at 04:43 PM
The Arm Forces should have courage to declare similar support. It's the best way to avert this shutdown confrontation with no blood. They should be reminded on duty bound to respect the law.
Discussion 7 : 07/01/2014 at 04:28 PM
Good to see this group taking a principled stand in public.

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