Thailand army chief: Coup dangerous, but cannot be ruled out — Thailand army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday repeated that he cannot promise that there will or will not be a military coup in response to the ongoing political stalemate, according to reports.
He said coups were staged in the past because there was violence and injustice, but now the world has changed, as well as political conditions and people.
Gen Prayuth told reporters that the military is trying to avoid getting to the stage where a coup is even considered because it is dangerous.
“I can’t promise whether there will be a coup. I have to admit that it might not be legal but previous coups were carried out to end certain situations. “Every problem must be solved using the law. But if it still can’t be solved, we may have to use special means,” he said, according to a Bangkok Post report.
Gen Prayuth said the army is not supporting the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) as some have claimed, adding that supporters of the PDRC and of the pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) are all Thai people.
He said military officers can take part in political rallies, but not during working hours, and they are prohibited from carrying military weapons. Violating these rules could result in their dismissal from military service.
The army chief also insisted that grenades fired at anti-government protest sites from M79 launchers recently were not from the military.
The army’s grenades are still in the arsenal, and they are inspected every day, he said, adding that they were probably smuggled from somewhere else.
Gen Prayuth condemned the people involved in the attacks as inhumane.
“The M79 grenades should be used against enemies of the country but they are now being fired at civilians, including children, women and elderly people,” he said.