Thai govt invokes emergency law, says bombers want coup: The caretaker government of Yingluck Shinawatra in Thailand has decided to invoke the emergency decree for all of Bangkok, and says the bomb attacks on anti-government protests are part of a conspiracy to trigger a military coup, according to Thai media reports.
The emergency law will be enforced beginning Wednesday, and in addition to Bangkok will also cover part of the surrounding provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan, said caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tavichakchaikul on Tuesday.
He said the decree will remain in effect for two months and is necessary to allow authorities to control the anti-government protest situation and to help ensure democratic elections.
Meanwhile, deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard of the ruling Pheu Thai Party said the bomb attacks at Banthat Thong on Friday and Victory Monument on Sunday are part of an attempt to trigger another military coup, said a Bangkok Post report.
Mr Anusorn insisted that the government and the ruling party had nothing to do with the bombings, and condemned the attackers, saying they were trying to incite unrest.
He dismissed the notion that the government was involved in the attacks, saying it has nothing to gain from such violence.
The deputy spokesman said the government is still strong and the last-ditch option for the anti-government protesters, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) would be to try to incite violence at any cost, as the only way to force a military coup.
Pheu Thai deputy leader Virote Pao-in said he agreed that those behind the grenade attacks on protesters were trying to incite violence and then blame the government.
But he added that he did not believe the bombers were part of the protest movement itself. He called on police to find the suspects quickly to make it clear to the public who is behind the violence.