PM wants to curb ri­val gath­er­ings

Bangkok Post - - FRONT PAGE - MONGKOL BANGPRAPA AEKARACH SATTABURUT­H

Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha has voiced con­cern that ri­val po­lit­i­cal ral­lies by his sup­port­ers and op­po­nents will lead to fresh con­flicts, and said he has in­structed se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties to find ways to pre­vent such ac­tiv­i­ties in the fu­ture.

Asked by re­porters if such ri­val ral­lies will lead to re­newed po­lit­i­cal con­flicts, Gen Prayut said he does not want to see di­vi­sions among the pub­lic.

“Peo­ple should not be di­vided ac­cord­ing to the group they be­long to or along the lines of old and new gen­er­a­tions. This will not ben­e­fit the coun­try what­so­ever. We must find ways to co­op­er­ate,’’ the prime min­is­ter said.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials will dis­cuss mea­sures to deal with sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in the fu­ture, Gen Prayut said.

“No mat­ter who wants to sup­port or oust me, I don’t want any­thing that will lead to vi­o­lence to hap­pen again,” he said.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Prawit Wong­su­won yes­ter­day voiced dis­ap­proval at the next anti-Prayut run which is planned for Chi­ang Mai on Feb 2, warn­ing it will only deepen so­cial di­vi­sions.

It would be best to join forces to solve the coun­try’s prob­lems rather than hold­ing such ac­tiv­i­ties, Gen Prawit said.

Com­ment­ing on a re­port that the anti-Prayut run in Chi­ang Mai will be banned, Tanawat Wongchai, the or­gan­iser, in­sisted it will go ahead as planned.

Last Sun­day, sup­port­ers and op­po­nents of Gen Prayut gath­ered in large num­bers for their re­spec­tive po­lit­i­cal ral­lies.

The anti-regime “Wing Lai Lung” (Run to Oust the Un­cle) run­ning event was held at Suan Rot Fai or Vachiraben­jatas Park in Bangkok’s Chatuchak dis­trict.

Mean­while, peo­ple gath­ered to show sup­port for Gen Prayut at an­other event called “Dern Cheer Lung” (Walk in Sup­port of Un­cle) at Lumpini Park.

Par­al­lel events for “Wing Lai Lung” also took place in sev­eral other prov­inces, in­clud­ing Buri Ram, Phayao, Chi­ang Mai, Nakhon Pathom, and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Rangsi­man Rome, a Fu­ture For­ward Party MP and spokesman of the House com­mit­tee on law, jus­tice and hu­man rights, said some par­tic­i­pants in the anti-Prayut run in Buri Ram have been sum­monsed by po­lice to ac­knowl­edge charges for vi­o­lat­ing the pub­lic as­sem­bly law.

In Nakhon Phanom, po­lice said they were gath­er­ing ev­i­dence to take le­gal ac­tion against the or­gan­is­ers of the an­tiPrayut run in the north­east­ern prov­ince for break­ing the same law.

Pol Col Pramote Uthakit, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor at Nakhon Phanom po­lice, said rally or­gan­is­ers failed to seek per­mis­sion in ad­vance to hold the ac­tiv­ity from po­lice, as re­quired by law.

Pol Col Pramote said that Phis­arn Bup­phasiri, one of the or­gan­is­ers, posted on Face­book invit­ing lo­cal peo­ple to join the run in Nakhon Phanom mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which was held in par­al­lel with the one in Bangkok.

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