Thailand: some in PT prefer military coup to protesters — Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul admitted on Friday that some members of the ruling Pheu Thai Party would prefer even another military coup to a regime dictated by the anti-government protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban, known as the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).
“They would prefer seeing the military tear up the constitution” to seeing the country fall into the hands of ”those people coming from nowhere”, Mr Surapong said during the “Inside Thailand” programme on FM97.0 radio station when asked about the feelings of people inside the ruling party.
His admission was quite striking, considering the enmity that has existed among many red-shirts and Pheu Thai Party supporters towards the military ever since the 2006 army coup that overthrew the Thaksin Shinawatra government, not to mention the military crackdown against the red-shirt rallies of both 2009 and 2010.
The admission also said a lot about how members of the Pheu Thai Party are thinking, and that they have no intention of yielding to the demands of the PDRC, revealing just how firmly deadlocked the current political situation is.
Mr. Surapong, who is also head of the government’s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), did not reveal whether he agreed with such views or not, according to the Bangkok Post.
The PDRC insists that political reforms be enacted before another election takes place, and is also demanding the resignation of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The ruling Pheu Thai Party rejects both demands, insisting that the scheduled Feb 2 election cannot be postponed under the constitution. It also rejects the idea that the elected Ms. Yingluck should resign to make way for an unelected “people’s council” to take charge of the country.
The PDRC is closely aligned with the Democrat Party, which is boycotting the Feb 2 election, saying the ruling Pheu Thai government has lost legitimacy and reforms must be undertaken prior to the next election.