Thailand’s army chief refuses to rule out coup for 1st time: Thailand’s powerful army chief on Friday for the first time refused to rule out the possibility of a coup d’ etat, in the wake of Thursday’s bloody violence between anti-government protesters and police that left two people dead and over 100 injured, according to reports.
General Prayuth Chan-ocha was expressing his concern over the current political situation, especially the increasing violence, to reporters during an interview at army headquarters following a meeting he chaired with the commanders of the armed forces.
He called on all sides to stop the violence, saying that what happened yesterday at the Thai-Japanese sports complex in the Din Daeng district of Bangkok made it apparent that some groups of people were resorting to violence and trying to incite a state of chaos, just as some people did in 2010 during the red-shirt protests, said a Bangkok Post report.
The general warned the warring political groups he was showing them a “red light”, according to reports.
He said the military will do what it can to prevent violence, saying “We want the two sides to stop creating further conflict”.
“The military is now adhering to peaceful means and trying to place itself in a neutral position, not taking sides. We are not doing anything to interfere with the work of the authorities, while looking to take care of the people, he said.
General Prayuth also said a coup could happen, but it would depend on the situation and the timing.
He also reportedly said he believed that at this stage, no one would listen to the military even if it did stage a coup.
“The military does not shut or open the door to a coup, but a decision depends on the situation,” the army chief was quoted as saying.