Army: We will protect the public

The army will do all it can within the scope of law to protect the general public from anti-government and anti-election protest violence, spokesman Col Winthai Suwari said on Wednesday.

 Col Winthai said the military is working with the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) to adjust security measures in line with the evolving political situation.

Army soldiers, in particular, will be deployed to provide security in more areas, he said. On recent attacks on anti-government protesters, Col Winthai said he believed police would step up efforts to resolve the cases and arrest the culprits.

He said the army is supporting CMPO in two ways. 

Soldiers have been deployed to provide security at key locations, man security checkpoints and patrol around rally sites.

The army has meanwhile sent civic action teams to provide medical services and facilitate traffic flow in areas near protest sites. Its psychological operation units have been deployed to cool tensions in some areas, where necessary.

The army deplores the use of violence in society, which will only damage the country, the spokesman said.

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Discussion 1 : 30/01/2014 at 02:12 AM
Country need peace then public is protected.
Discussion 2 : 29/01/2014 at 09:15 PM
Better late than never... How about those Water Melon Police? Guess they'll do the same as in 2010 eeh...
Discussion 3 : 29/01/2014 at 07:44 PM
One can only hope that the army can do a better job than the police!
Discussion 4 : 29/01/2014 at 07:34 PM
A belated promise to do their job well from the army.
Discussion 5 : 29/01/2014 at 07:04 PM
It hasn't done too well to date!
Discussion 6 : 29/01/2014 at 06:33 PM
Oh dear! Finally the army also belongs to the shinawatra family.
Discussion 7 : 29/01/2014 at 06:31 PM
Restore law and order, like maintain democracy, you mean? Not incriminating PT especially here, as they are the last in a long line, but how can you restore or maintain what has, very sadly, never been there? A lot of deep changes and deep reforms are needed before there can be reasons to speak about law and order and about democracy, but I don't see that coming any soon from any present political party's side, surely not PT.
Discussion 8 : 29/01/2014 at 05:48 PM
This is the billion-baht question: Will the army support the 80% of Thai people who want elections, or the 20% of Thai people who want to violently prevent elections? The best outcome would be for the police to finally be allowed to do their job and jail Suthep, and put him on trial for his many serious crimes going back decades -- then the country can get back to its normal peaceful, happy life. Perhaps Suthep and Thaksin could one day share a jail cell. That should help with reconciliation.
Discussion 9 : 29/01/2014 at 05:09 PM
yes, there is a disparity between the two.
Discussion 10 : 29/01/2014 at 05:07 PM
Erm, is this 'lost in translation': '...to protect the general public from anti-government and anti-election protest violence...'? Cause as it is written it would mean the army would have chosen side, for the 'Thaksin regime' and its PT 'government'! It reads as if the violence (all of it, in all forms) would come from anti-government and anti-election protesters (which has very obviously been shown wrong, but...) and strongly reducing the 'general public' to only the part of it that is not in favour of PDRC and reformers in general, thus the PT government sympathizers. I hope my analysis is wrong, and Pandora's box stays closed.
Discussion 11 : 29/01/2014 at 04:20 PM
Good..... I hope they mean it and protect everyone
Discussion 12 : 29/01/2014 at 03:57 PM
The best way to protect the public is to restore law and order directly and indirectly. The Army must act responsibly and clearly not to support any unlawful protest and violation of people's right. The Army currently obscure position is an awful way to protect the public and the best way to incite trouble and casualty.
Discussion 13 : 29/01/2014 at 03:13 PM
I would like to have a direct translation as "he other source" states the army said it will protect the protestors.

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