Army denies its weapons at rally sites

Deputy army spokesman Winthai Suwaree on Sunday denied a rumour soldiers had transported weapons from southern provinces to anti-government rally sites in Bangkok and urged the public to think carefully about information related to the current political situation.

Col Winthai said a check had been carried out on the claim that had found nothing to verify it. He pointed out similar rumours or speculation regarding the military have been flying around and all of it was not true. The allegation was said to have been made by former Pheu Thai MP for Samut Prakan Worachai Hema.

“There has been a lot of rumours lately and people need to examine the credibility of the information sources,” he added.   

Most of the recent violence resulted from ill-intentioned people using weapons to ambush and attack the protesters. Police are trying to find who is behind the attacks and relieve public doubts. 

He said the heavy artillery and armaments, including tanks, that were displayed for Children’s Day on Saturday had been transported to bases in Bangkok. It was a usual practice for Children’s Day every year and no one should use the occasion to incite public concern.  

Meanwhile, Fourth Army chief Lt Gen Sakol Chuentrakul said the armed forces have been implicated in numerous groundless rumours or attempts to create distrust which affected the confidence of the public who do not receive facts or information directly from the military.  

Lt Gen Sakol said the public can rest assured that the army would stand beside the people and soldiers would strictly follow army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha’s order which pledges not to bring the army into political conflicts and violence.

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Discussion 1 : 13/01/2014 at 02:38 AM
All this accusations by the government. They only accuse others and not themselves. Before they can accuse others, they should accuse themselves giving a passport to a fugitive, allowing a fugitive to make decision for the nation, disobeying the law, abuse of power by many non-transparent policies.
Discussion 2 : 13/01/2014 at 12:19 AM
You said it yourself - "lawful orders" - but the current government is openly run by a convicted criminal/fugitive and clearly is lawless. Who checks them when the police are under their control and they openly dismiss the courts?
Discussion 3 : 12/01/2014 at 08:52 PM
Perhaps Thaksins puppet should utilize that rule as well.
Discussion 4 : 12/01/2014 at 07:49 PM
No, the Army are not bound to follow orders issued by the Government and that's the way it's been since the current system was formed since 1932. Only the Police report to Government.
Discussion 5 : 12/01/2014 at 05:18 PM
Isn't it fabulous, the way all the red posters here systematically focus on demonizing Suthep, Suthep here, Suthep there, in an attempt to avoid seeing the reality of the PDRC and the presence of huge numbers of non-DP, non-PAD, protesters, all over the country, who are shouting 'we are sick and tired, we can't take this anymore' to the 'Thaksin regime' and corruption in general...
Discussion 6 : 12/01/2014 at 04:59 PM
Can you imagine where we could stand today when and if TS/PT/UDD/CAPO/DSI/AG/etc. would have followed your simple and sound rule, and had not been lying to the people all the time?
Discussion 7 : 12/01/2014 at 04:35 PM
Simple rule for the armed forces: Stop lying to your people. Maybe then, after a long time, they will trust you.
Discussion 8 : 12/01/2014 at 04:32 PM
As you say, even a child could work out that the rising violence is a result of Suthep's ill conceived grasp for unfettered power. He has, as they say, form after all.
Discussion 9 : 12/01/2014 at 04:23 PM
It frightens me when instead of talks and negotiations we here more of guns, bullets and tanks. There NO place for the military in politics. Soldiers are bound to follow lawful orders issued by their commanders and these commanders are bound to follow lawful orders issue by the government. If the worst comes to it and if lives are at stake, then the Emergency decree must be issued that is how to go about it. God save us.
Discussion 10 : 12/01/2014 at 04:14 PM
If the army doesn't get what it wants it will stage a coup as it has been the way since 1932. Its a drug addiction that cannot be corrected overnight so don't be surprised when tanks and machine guns are used on Bangkok street
Discussion 11 : 12/01/2014 at 03:35 PM
"Most of the recent violence resulted from ill-intentioned people using weapons to ambush and attack the protesters. Police are trying to find who is behind the attacks and relieve public doubts." Clear language, besides that, the protesters are making bullet-proof vests. Now who is left doing the shooting? A little child can tell you but then again a whole army of Nay Sayers will flood the comments to distort.

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