Updated: Jurrasic Prayuth

26 10 2010

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha appears increasingly extreme; or perhaps he is simply expressing his opinions more openly now that he seems to be the main political force outside the palace.

In the Bangkok Post, in addition to comments PPT already posted regarding the Ban Ki-moon visit, Prayuth is cited as saying quite a bit more – and it is extreme stuff: “There are only two groups of Thai people: the good and the bad, normal people and outlaws. The bad and outlaws must be prosecuted, no matter what they do, and they can later defend themselves by legal means…”.

General Prayuth also went out of his way to warn red shirts that lese majeste would be used to  prosecute them. He added that “Evidence is being collected to take legal action against people involved in such offences.” He pointed out that this was a repeat warning, adding that “some of the suspected wrongdoers were young people.”

He warned them that they will be prosecuted, affirming the royalist belief that: “All people, from their grandparents’ generation down, have been blessed by the royal institution. From past to present, Thailand has existed thanks to the royal institution and the royal institution still exists. So no matter what the political expression, do not involve the royal institution.”

Prayuth seemed perplexed by the royalist propaganda when he claimed “The world community was aware of the King’s devotion to the country and might wonder what was going on in Thailand with local movements working against the royal institution.” But he is right. There is now an awareness that the propaganda is exactly that. Not to be deterred, he affirmed that “government officials would not tolerate threats to the monarchy.”

The message is clear. The military is back in the driving seat and the monarchy is its only concern (apart from lining their pockets). The Jurassic era is back.

Update: There’s more details of the army boss’s statements at The Nation, where he is quoted thus: “”Every time there is a gathering [of the red shirts], there are posters and graffiti [against the monarchy]. Let me inform you that we now have evidence and are in the process of making arrests. Do not whine, because we have warned you many times and you are not supposed to do that.”Then, if accurately quoted, he makes this truly bizarre claim: “Thailand came into existence due to the monarchy…”. He warned: “We have [evidence] in websites, posters and graffiti. We have all the pictures and we must see when they will be persecuted.” Also see Siam Voices on this topic.

“There are only two groups of Thai people: the good and the bad, normal people and outlaws. The bad and outlaws must be prosecuted, no matter what they do, and they can later defend themselves by legal means,” he said.

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