Government must protect monarchy

6 04 2009

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who has been looking somewhat irrelevant to the political struggle in Thailand, has  insisted that his government would not tolerate any “riot or fighting between rival political groups” (The Nation, 6 April 2009: “PM warns of ‘decisive actions’ against riot”).

More specifically, Abhisit stated: “If the protest affects the political system and the country’s revered institutions, this government will not tolerate it and will take decisive actions allowed by law…”.

Ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra has attacked privy councilors, including council President General Prem Tinsulanond.

Abhisit seems to have tied his government’s future to the monarchy and the privy council, reportedly stating that his “government would not survive and should quit if it cannot protect the country’s pivotal institution.”


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