Prayuth: No one will stage a coup

Reporters should not raise a question on another military coup possibility any further because it is certain that no one would do it, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Saturday.

Speaking after chairing a National Children’s Day activities at the 2nd Cavalry Division King’s guard at Sanam Pao area in Bangkok, Gen Prayuth admitted that he is concerned about a possible violent confrontation between rival political groups.

It is expected that a large number of people would turn out to join the planned Bangkok shutdown on Monday by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and their safety is at risk, if unrest occurs, he said.

The army chief called on all parties to refrain from violence, even though they have different political ideologies.

He also called on the media to help provide information that would help minimise violence to the general public and stop asking him about a possibility of another coup.

No one would stage a coup and soldiers will perform only their duty in maintaining peace and order, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 11/01/2014 at 06:25 PM
A coup is like putting a plaster/bandaid on a festering sore. It covers the sore for awhile but does not heal the sore. The body (all Thais) has to heal the sore.
Discussion 2 : 11/01/2014 at 05:35 PM
Civil war ? no war is civil Civil is sitting down and openly discussing problem's and finding solutions together peacefully is civil. War is when the parties involved become uncivil and try to kill each other. So civil war is an oxymoron.
Discussion 3 : 11/01/2014 at 05:28 PM
One question can any Thai person define what a democracy really is? And I'm not talking Thai type Democracy.
Discussion 4 : 11/01/2014 at 05:26 PM
Kudos to you brother. If you look into your own heart and you find there is nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear about?
Discussion 5 : 11/01/2014 at 04:47 PM
to Leotro : in the past days, the media has mentioned too that the best for Thailand would be the PM stepping down, considering the actual deadlock.
Discussion 6 : 11/01/2014 at 04:45 PM
to Leotro : why mention Gucci handbags ??? Completely irrelevant...
Discussion 7 : 11/01/2014 at 04:25 PM
Where were the police? Where were you, if you need to ask this question?
Discussion 8 : 11/01/2014 at 04:10 PM
lek, there's a civil war? When did this happen? In addition, you should ask yourself: where were the police in 2010 to deal with the armed UDD faction?
Discussion 9 : 11/01/2014 at 03:09 PM
There has been no opposition to the protestors so why should it start now. They have been allowed to do as they please and there has been no opposite group to confront. The 13th will most likely be the same. They will go out and do their thing with no resistance so if there is violence it will be initiated by the protestors with their threats or abuse of protestors rights by breaking the law. The leaders know the rule of law so let's see if they stay within it or decide to cross the line which may lead to people being harmed.
Discussion 10 : 11/01/2014 at 02:44 PM
I'm not sure I am following you, how are they going to extract more money from this situation? They are already getting nice daily allowances from the government.
Discussion 11 : 11/01/2014 at 02:21 PM
General Prayuth, my sincerest respect to you. You are the man in these weird times.
Discussion 12 : 11/01/2014 at 01:30 PM
I think the police have already shown what they've been trained for!
Discussion 13 : 11/01/2014 at 01:26 PM
Its no coup just for the moment.
Discussion 14 : 11/01/2014 at 01:15 PM
It could be better having a coup d'├ętat to go into the ring. Both sides could be softened off and sitting down to talk as child.
Discussion 15 : 11/01/2014 at 01:12 PM
He's saying this today to pacify Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the international community, I believe. In a few days, he'll renew his threats to take over as when it so pleases him.
Discussion 16 : 11/01/2014 at 01:02 PM
What mistakes? If the army hadn't moved in to quell the armed Redshirt riots in 2010 we would be in the midst of a bloody civil war!
Discussion 17 : 11/01/2014 at 12:51 PM
I will wait and see. I will wait and see. I have great respect for General Prayuth. He is a man who has learned from mistakes, and that is all anyone can demand from another human being. Being in a position of power necessarily means that mistakes can be much bigger than the average person. I for one believe him. I think he loves his country and wants peace. I accept his words. I also want peace for Thailand. The world is more interesting because there are Thai people sharing it with me. :)
Discussion 18 : 11/01/2014 at 12:49 PM
Unfortunately I agree with you. Police need to handle this now, as the protestors are not just grandmothers with hand clappers and young kids with whistles toting Gucci handbags any more. But violence is abhorrent. Sadly Suthep wants violence, unless he believes what Prayuth said about NO coup. Without the military only hooliganism can win for Suthep.
Discussion 19 : 11/01/2014 at 12:43 PM
This does not rule out the possibility of the army taking over in the event of extreme violence during the protests.
Discussion 20 : 11/01/2014 at 12:38 PM
I am pessimistic but looking on the bright side, let us imagine the last few days the media has started talking honestly about Sutheo and the potential violence and damage consequent to the "shut down". Maybe the generals following suit could stop this dangerous nonsense.
Discussion 21 : 11/01/2014 at 12:25 PM
Good, now that it is certain the army will stay in it's barracks, it is now time for the police to finally step up to the plate and show us all what they should have been trained for.
Discussion 22 : 11/01/2014 at 12:07 PM
If this holds true, this could be a very important and big step on the reform agenda. Can the Army really be Neutral and stabalise the country within the democratic system. Big hats off to them if they can and this would certainly help move some more people into the centre.... which is where we need to be going. All these shrill posts calling us paid up (by the man in Dubai - or Phue thaksin) are getting tedious. We need level heads, no coups & the extremists on both sides to be isolated. Next the Thai Electorate must learn to engage in debate rather than drown out opponants with whistles and clappers and general din and marching
Discussion 23 : 11/01/2014 at 12:06 PM
Well if the leader of the military says there won't be any coup then that is good enough for me... Not!
Discussion 24 : 11/01/2014 at 11:49 AM
.....Until the next coup...
Discussion 25 : 11/01/2014 at 11:45 AM
If he is really concerned, he must be behind the GVt elected by the people and wait the orders, as the army did in 2010 (for a GVt with a more than small legitimacy). But He must propose only to help the police, without lethal weapons. So, it will be an hero for the Thai people.

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