Navy chief says decree acceptable

Air force chief Prajin Jantong on Thursday said soldiers did not oppose the government’s use of the emergency decree to handle the political protests and understood the necessity behind the enforcement of the law.

ACM Prajin made the comment after a meeting of the Defence Council at the Royal Thai Air Force headquarters to discuss the role of the military following the invocation of the emegency decree. The meeting was chaired by caretaker Prime Minister and Defence Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and attended by all leaders of the armed forces.

At the meeting, he said Ms Yingluck thanked the military for helping the government in all tasks requested, including aiding people affected by natural disasters. 

The defence minister asked armed forces leaders about how the current situation had affected the work of the military and raised budget issues at the meeting, ACM Prajin said. 

On the decision to invoke the 60-day emergency law to control ongoing political protests, ACM Prajin said he understood the intention in declaring the state of emergency to boost the powers of law enforcement officers. He said authorities had made their stance clear that they would not use force to disperse the protesters, even though they were authorised to do so under the state of emergency.    

“This emergency rather focuses on giving more power to police to enforce the law without using force to retake the protest areas,” ACM Prajin said.

But whether the government would remain adamant in not to using force, ACM Prajin said all must wait for the next few days when the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order, in charge of enforcing the decree, makes further announcements on details to regulate the protesters.   

Asked about the relationship between the military and the premier, ACM Prajin described it as “smooth”, adding the top brass did not offer any advice on Ms Yingluck’s work during the meeting.

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Discussion 1 : 24/01/2014 at 12:39 PM
You do not have long to wait, before you see the reason. Just watch what happens this Sunday and on Feb 2. It may even begin today, depending on the CC ruling concerning the election. The fuse is already lit on this bomb.
Discussion 2 : 24/01/2014 at 04:34 AM
The ISA gave the law enforcement officers enough power, but they did not fully use this power. Why boost that power than with an emergency decree , which will badly affect businesses and economy and give caretakers the power to order military to act ? If there is no plan to crack down on protesters, why then this decree ? I wonder what is the real reason to use the emergency decree.
Discussion 3 : 23/01/2014 at 10:09 PM
Will somebody please explain to me how the police will use this "more power" that comes with the emergency decree? So far it seems like it's business-as-usual for the protesters. I don't see that anything has changed from before the emergency decree was issued.
Discussion 4 : 23/01/2014 at 09:55 PM
"The defence minister asked armed forces leaders about how the current situation had affected the work of the military and raised budget issues at the meeting, ACM Prajin said." I am not suprised ACM Prajin is supporting present government after getting signal for BUDGET ISSUES.
Discussion 5 : 23/01/2014 at 07:57 PM
is the navy flying jets ? I know there are many bosses in the armed forces and it is difficult to follow who is who , but airforce is something different from navy , no ?

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