It really is Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan’s day for remarkable commentary. We wonder why The Dictator has been replaced in recent days?
Today, as reported by the Bangkok Post, Prawit has “explained” the arrest of red shirt leaders who planned to visit “Rajabhakti Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province to prevent confrontation…”. We recall that this was the excuse for both the 2006 and 2014 coups.
Prawit reckons there “were people of opposing views” gathering for a potential clash. This resulted in the “military’s ‘invitation’ to both [red shirt] leaders [Jatuporn Promphan and Nattawut Saikua] to prevent any confrontation.”
The only problem with this claim is that there is no evidence for it.
Both men were said to have been “released after they were persuaded to stop their activities because they were not helping the nation…”.
Prawit is taking responsibility for the cover-up over military corruption at the park. Hence he claims that “[c]onfrontation at Rajabhakti Park would return the country to the situation that existed before May 22, 2014, (the coup date) and security authorities would not let that happen.”
This is nonsense. So is the claim that “confrontation” would jeopardize “recovery” that comes from the “economic stimulus and the restoration of the international community’s confidence in Thailand…”.
Prawit and his junta colleagues live in a fantasy world populated by fairies at the end of the garden.