Army armour fuels coup rumours

A number of armoured vehicles brought to Bangkok for a parade to mark Armed Forces Day on Jan 18 have not yet returned to their provincial bases, prompting rumours of a possible military coup.

Reports said some of the vehicles that remain in Bangkok are from the 2nd Infantry Division in Prachin Buri province.

An army source reportedly said that Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief, wanted the vehicles to remain at the 11th Infantry Regiment in the city. 

Army spokesman Col Winthai Suwari admitted that some BTR-3E1 armoured vehicles were still in the capital. He said the vehicles had been held back for other units to study and use for training purposes.

The matter would be explained further at a later date, he said.

The BTR-3s are armoured personnel carriers with mounted guns. Thailand bought more than 200 of them from Ukraine, according to reports. 

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Discussion 1 : 20/01/2014 at 09:31 PM
"The matter would be explained further at a later date, he said." It seems very complicated to explain.
Discussion 2 : 20/01/2014 at 09:24 PM
Goodness me, I wish red-shirts would shut up about a coup. It's pretty clear by now that the Army will only step in if the situation on the streets gets out of control and people are dying in gunfights. And that will not happen unless the red mobs are bussed into Bangkok. That scenario is the last resort because it means game-over for Pheu-Thai and Thaksins dream of ever coming back to Thailand without a cell waiting. Of course the Army are preparing for that eventuality - it is their job.
Discussion 3 : 20/01/2014 at 08:29 PM
Aham....!!!!!! not DNA, but in the " System " which can be eventually reduced and or eliminated. But only when people are willing to get rid of it and realized that Law do have significant meaning and that no one is above the Law.
Discussion 4 : 20/01/2014 at 04:59 PM
Looks like it won't be long before the army shows its hand as the third player in the ongoing power struggle, the other two being the Pheu Thai Party and the DemocratParty/PDRC - the latter being two sides of the same coin. Remember how well it did (financially) out of the last coup. The long standing allegation that corruption is part of the Thai DNA appears to be on the brink of being affirmed once again.
Discussion 5 : 20/01/2014 at 04:49 PM
With all due respect, if convicted criminals stayed out of politics, they probably would do just that.
Discussion 6 : 20/01/2014 at 04:28 PM
Of course it's in the government's interest.
Discussion 7 : 20/01/2014 at 04:08 PM
"Just in case" (we have another coup).
Discussion 8 : 20/01/2014 at 03:52 PM
Though its seems so important to have media helping people with real time information's but sadly in Medias entire history till date it shows how they have managed to make so many headlines that would make people worry & to live in fear & I see how active they are to report such topics every now & then.
Discussion 9 : 20/01/2014 at 03:15 PM
The army appears to have crossed the Rubicon.
Discussion 10 : 20/01/2014 at 02:58 PM
The media are loving this political strife--so much NON-NEWS to report every day, attracts readers, advertising revenue goes up! Well done Post!
Discussion 11 : 20/01/2014 at 02:48 PM
"Army armour fuels coup rumours" In who's interest is it to keep on fueling these rumours?
Discussion 12 : 20/01/2014 at 02:26 PM
I sure pray it doesn't happen.
Discussion 13 : 20/01/2014 at 02:25 PM
This is rather worrying : " will be explained later" as it leaves countless options open. With all due respect" Gen Prayuth and his fellow leaders have to stay out of politics no matter what.

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