Gen Prayuth [Chan-ocha] said he was concerned that some red-shirt demonstrators might attack the high institution and incite violence and therefore the army war room was set up.
The war room … will 24-hour monitor the situation and all speeches delivered at the rally stage by UDD core leaders. Legal action will be taken against all law violators.
The outcome is reportedly that the “army on Tuesday filed a complaint against United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship co-leader Jatuporn Prompan and two others [Wichian Khaokham, a Puea Thai MP for Udon Thani, and Suporn Atthawong, a UDD member], saying they might have committed lese majeste in connection with their speeches made at the red-shirt rally at the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnern Avenue on Sunday, April 10.”
Importantly, this complaint has been filed at the Samranrat police station, on behalf of army chief Prayuth.
These same three are also subject to earlier terrorism charges from May 2010 and are on bail. The police are now required “to examine tapes of the three’s speeches to see if they constituted lese majeste.”
Not to be left out of the lese majeste action, the political police at the Department Special Investigation (DSI) and its chief Tharit Pengdit “said at a press conference that his office had listened to tapes of speeches of Mr Jatuporn and 13 other red shirt leaders and found they might have lese majeste contents.” This leads the DSI to submit a “a request to the Office of the Attorney General asking it to consider revoking bail for Mr Jatuporn and other persons who have been freed on bail.”
PPT will shortly add the three names to our ever-lengthening list of those accused of lese majeste who are being investigated. We doubt these political charges will cause any particular rethink at the U.S. State Department, where lese majeste seems viewed as somehow apolitical.
Update: One of Jatuporn’s speeches is here: