Prayuth: Stop the violence and blame

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday warned violence can only serve to harm the country and asked all sides of the political conflict to stop finger-pointing and rumour-mongering after a spate of bomb and gun attacks against anti-government protesters.

Speaking from the Royal Guard 11th Infantry Regiment, Gen Prayuth said it was apparent that a group of people wanted to use violence to solve problems related to the ongoing political situation. He warned such methods would only cause more problems, adding that lessons from political bloodshed in 2010 should be learned and not be repeated. 

“My warning is that one must not allow the situation to escalate to that point again. If loss of lives continues, that will breed hatred,” Gen Prayuth said. "Do we want to live with that hatred?"

Referring to the grenade attacks on Banthat Thong Road and at Victory Monument that injured dozens of protesters and killed one last week, Gen Prayuth said political opponents must stop pointing the finger at one another, especially through social media. 

He called on the public to let police do their job of investigating the crimes, instead of rushing to conclusions on who was behind the violent attacks.

The army chief said he had talked to national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew and asked that he keep an eye on the progress of the cases and provide answers for the public as soon as possible. 

He argued that the political conflict can only be solved if people work together and agree a way forward. "Do not kill each other," he said, arguing that there are "many good soldiers and policemen" who want to see the current situation resolved.

He added that some people are attempting to pressure soldiers at the moment, despite the fact they are already under great pressure in their everyday job.

"Besides worrying about their men on duty along the borders, they still have to take criticism. Most people understand soldiers but some are trying to pressure them. I want to say that all soldiers are already under pressure,” Gen Prayuth said. 

He was apparently referring to the People's Democratic Reform Committee's calls for soldiers to side with protesters against government.

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Discussion 1 : 21/01/2014 at 01:02 PM
He does not take money from poor people as you insinuate. They donate gladly to a good cause
Discussion 2 : 21/01/2014 at 08:02 AM
As General Prayuth already pointed out so often first priority is to prevent further injury and loss of life. National security is the task of the the military and not to infere in politics. So the army under Gerneral Prayuth seem to be the one that stil keep their heads and go by the rules. Fortunately. Not sticking to their duties and siding in any way will just cause more escalation and hatred which, however, is to be prevented in the first case. Means, not dictating but rather keep appealing to the good senses of all parties involved. At least the army learnt their lesson from mistakes of the past.
Discussion 3 : 21/01/2014 at 08:02 AM
And what then Bangon.then comes the corrupt yellow brigade????? They call themself democrates. Don,t you see how corrupt suthep is..he show in public how corrupt he is..he takes money from poor people They have to arrest him at once
Discussion 4 : 21/01/2014 at 06:55 AM
Bangon. You are real fun. You are intelligently forking out an unbeatable bang on idea to soothe Dem/Suthep soreness. As you said so let them all gone into oblivious abyss no return for them. Yellow and Red machine, TS/PTP, Dem/Suthep and Av , UDD, DSI CAPO all gone. Then Thais have no more problem. Is that what you mean?
Discussion 5 : 21/01/2014 at 01:10 AM
MR Prayuth could you explain why there are all ready some armed forces working as guards for the anti- government protesters ? easy way to bring this to an end is arrest suthep at the end of the day there is a warrant out for his arrest, is there not? then declare that all protests go home and on the 2nd of feb cast there vote, that is if Thailand is a democrat country, which is the right way and the only way,
Discussion 6 : 20/01/2014 at 11:39 PM
Sounds reasonable. I think the Thais who are generally friendly and helpful people should find a way to compromise and move on from iPhone application.
Discussion 7 : 20/01/2014 at 11:35 PM
You're right, let's stop the 'red machine' and 'Thaksin regime': PT, UDD, DSI, CAPO, etc., good idea, it will solve most problems at once!
Discussion 8 : 20/01/2014 at 10:08 PM
Rationally he had spoken his mind as prominent politician. His point is spot on. No bombastic languages were used which were as clear as crystal. Government or opposition were advised to restrain themselves and hand out olive branch to have negotiation between themselves to look for solution resolves the confliction comprehensively. Do they agree to take it? People are waiting.
Discussion 9 : 20/01/2014 at 09:43 PM
Good that army just do the right way for public..
Discussion 10 : 20/01/2014 at 08:57 PM
This is the most intelligent thing Ive heard yet. Stop the blame game and stop the hate!

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