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“No more coups”, Thailand’s new military commander

Caitlin Ashworth

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There will be no more coups d’état, the new military commander in chief General Chalermpol Srisawat says. He vows that the army will no longer get involved in politics and says the military is in place to protect the country. His pronouncement has been made on the 44th anniversary of the Thammasat University Massacre, a pivotal event in Thai politics in 1976.

There have been 12 military coups in Thailand since the country’s first coup in 1932 which ended nearly 800 years of absolute monarchy. The last coup was in May 2014, lead by then-army general Prayut Chan-o-cha, now the encumbent PM. A number of army officials now serve on the Thai Senate, but Srisawat did not comment on their role in politics.

6 Senate positions are reserved for the supreme commander of the Armed Forces, the defence permanent secretary, the national police chief, and the heads of the army, navy, and air force, who are all senators ex officio. As of 2020, 104 of the 250 senators are military or police officers – Wikapedia

Srisawat spoke at a meeting with new chiefs in the military, calling on them to abide by the Defence Ministry’s policies and principles of protecting the monarchy. He says the military’s job is to protect the country and its institutions.

While a number of pro-democracy protests over the past few months, calling for an end to the military government and a rewrite of the constitution, Srisawat says people have a right to express their opinions, as long as the comments don’t affect national security. He also says the National Police should provide security during the October 14 pro-democracy rally.

“Like the public, we believe a democratic government with the King as head of state is not the worst kind of regime. So, we have to think about how to encourage people to use their rights to improve their quality of life.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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17 Comments

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    Mike White

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    They don’t need anymore coups the military is already in control

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      James

      Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      Mike

      You beat me to that comment, you took the words right out of my mouth.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    He believes in democracy. Force an election next month. Elections are banned.
    General don’t talk rubbish.

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    Takky

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    What a joke ! The army already ‘involved in politics’. It created a political party to make sure it wouldn’t need any more could. And then around a third of the uneducated masses voted for it! No hope for political basket case country

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    Suchart

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:15 am

    No more coups… until Peu Thai wins an election with the majority of the vote. And then… the military will remove them. You can bet your life on it.

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      Brian Dunbar

      Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 9:23 am

      You hit the nail on the head!!

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    Dirty Farang

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2:43 am

    ???

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    Suchart

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 5:36 am

    The function of an Army is to protect a country against external (foreign) threats. It’s not supposed to form a government !!

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      Noneya Bidnizz

      Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:09 am

      I Pray the ` a Merikun Army can see it that way in the NEAR Future —

      Wishful thinking from an a White ,Male, Redneck , Biker `a Merican —

      And I Thought Prayut was Bad ( He IS !) We , in ` Merica , Have tRump !!! –( They should make babies together to protect THEMSELVES ! )

      May Lord Jesus AND Lord Buddha save Us and have Mercy on us All —

      And , Yes , I MEANT to spell the way I did !!!

      “ Issan John“ should go kiss and hug, maybe bend over for PM prayut now , Maybe invite POTUS tRump for a threesome !!!

      Dont forget the Coconut Oil John !!!

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    Rangsan Rayanasuk

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:48 am

    They never call what they’ve been doing as coups. Should they do it ever again, they then won’t call it a coup… It’ll be “peace keeping.

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    Alex

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Still waiting for the part that says “and happily ever after they lived” so I can pass out after this cheap, crappy, fairytale…

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    Issan John

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 2:05 am

    “and then around a third of the uneducated masses voted for it!”

    I think you’ll find that actually pretty much all of the “uneducated masses” voted AGAINST it, as they always have since they had the chance.

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      Toby Andrews

      Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Same old method Idiot John?
      Post nothing original of your own, but criticise other posters’ comments.
      And to do so you just make unproven statements with no proof whatsoever.

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    yo

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 4:32 am

    without military control there would be civil war and the yellow shirts would lose

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    James Pate

    Friday, October 9, 2020 at 4:23 am

    “And it’s deja vu all over again!”

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    안전한놀이터

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:49 am

    Best view i have ever seen !

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    Paul Douglas McCarty

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:31 am

    The military does not need to get into politics after they have outlawed politics.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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