Pheu Thai: Bombers want a coup

The bomb attacks at Banthat Thong and Victory Monument are part of a conspiracy to trigger another military coup, Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said on Tuesday.

Mr Anusorn insisted that the caretaker government and the Pheu Thai Party had nothing to do with the bombings and condemned the attackers, accusing them of trying to incite unrest.

He said it is unnecessary for the caretaker government to stir violence because it has nothing to gain from such action.

The spokesman argued there are two possible outcomes following the grenade attacks.

The first is that violence will be curbed as the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) introduces more stringent security measures to protect rally sites and the public help the authorities find those responsible for the violence, Mr Anusorn said.

The other potential scenario is that violence escalates because the Bangkok Shutdown campaign has failed to work as the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) expected, he said.

The caretaker government is still strong and the last-ditch option for the PDRC would be to incite violence at any cost, the only way to trigger another military coup, he added.

Pheu Thai deputy leader Virote Pao-in agreed that those responsible for grenade attacks against protesters wanted to incite violence and put the blame on the caretaker government.

But he said he did not believe the bombers were part of the anti-government protest and called on police to quickly find the suspects and take legal action against them, to make it clear to the public who is behind the violence.

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Discussion 1 : 21/01/2014 at 07:51 PM
The third hand is long eager for a coup.
Discussion 2 : 21/01/2014 at 07:19 PM
The government have now invoked the emergency decree. This is what the bombings were about as if it wasn't for this the Military would never have agreed to the decree. Also, the fact that Thaksin putting a 10 million baht reward for the bombers being caught whenhe knows there is no way the UDD will give up there own so no chance of him having to put his hand in his pocket
Discussion 3 : 21/01/2014 at 06:49 PM
watchdog... "losing momentum..." I can only assume you did not witness thousands of university doctors, nurses, and health care professionals march into Asoke yesterday, led by Suthep. I think this is going to go on for some time to come.
Discussion 4 : 21/01/2014 at 06:43 PM
Pheu Thai are the masters of white lies, misinformation, and smoke and mirrors. I tend to believe the opposite of what they say. In this case, I think the reference to a coup is an attempt to stop people thinking that their Red Shirts are behind the violence. Thaksin's 10 million Baht reward and PT's 500,000 Baht reward are no doubt aimed at making people think that the government is not behind the bombings. We have seen this tactic before.
Discussion 5 : 21/01/2014 at 06:37 PM
I think your analysis is right. The problem is that desperate situations lead easily to desperate - and dangerous - responses.
Discussion 6 : 21/01/2014 at 06:00 PM
Pheu-Thai have a lot to gain from invoking the emergency law. Trouble is, the rest of the world won't wear it unless people are getting killed. The only protestors looking ill are the ones these terrorist scum shot or blew up.
Discussion 7 : 21/01/2014 at 05:47 PM
Funny. I click dislike but the vote goes to like. Kind of like voting in Thailand.
Discussion 8 : 21/01/2014 at 05:38 PM
well tell your guys to stop the shootings and bombings then.
Discussion 9 : 21/01/2014 at 05:30 PM
Why? How? Do you really imagine PT want a coup? I can't believe your reasoning makes any sense at all. PT, the government and Yingluck herself have done everything within their power to avoid violence if only because they fear that the army's intervention will turn over the tables and turn them out of office. The same can not be said for the leaders of the PDRC, whose tactics are very similar to Sondhi's mob in 2006 and the PAD in 2008.
Discussion 10 : 21/01/2014 at 05:19 PM
Of course, the bomber could never be a red shirt wanting to get revenge on the elite right? Sounds like Puea Thai are more scared of a coup than the actual protests.
Discussion 11 : 21/01/2014 at 05:18 PM
This is obvious, but I am glad that PTP is pointing out the obvious. The PTP has nothing to gain from a coup. Its playing this out well and time is on its side. Meanwhile, Suthep is losing momentum, faces an early Feb deadline and seems to ambling around Bangkok without direction. His supporters look fatigued and, quite frankly, ill. The violence is fuelled be desperation, and its the protestors and particularly their leaders that are desperate.
Discussion 12 : 21/01/2014 at 04:54 PM
the point is does the UDD know that it will not benefit the PTP
Discussion 13 : 21/01/2014 at 04:11 PM
I think PT hope it triggers a coup. It would make life a lot easier for them than it is now…...

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