PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Oct.30) that he had not thought about mounting a coup d’etat as urged to do so by Mr. Sondhi Limthongkul, the leader of the right-wing People’s Alliance for Democracy, Siam Rath newspaper reported.
However he added that this does not mean there will or will not be a coup but that no one wants to launch one with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan having already said that he is not going to do so.
On former prime minister Anand Panyarachun urging him to listen to the protesters, Gen. Prayut said he respects the former prime minister but that he has heard everything already both directly and through the social media.
He added that during the special parliamentary session earlier this week he heard all the opinions and all of the demonstrators’ demands.
The next step is to set up a committee to study what issues could possibly be implemented and what are impossible to carry out. The country has to adhere to the principles and laws stated in the current constitution with any amendments being for the future.
On protest leader Mr. Jarupat Boonpattararaksa, or Phai Dao Din, warning that Mittraphap Road, which runs from Saraburi to Nong Khai province, could be closed, Gen. Prayut retorted that if he thinks he can do it, then do it.
However he warned that it is the people and the transport of goods which would be affected, while also mentioning that a good person would not act in a public area because it causes problems and leads to various conflicts dragging on.
Top: Gen. Prayut talking to reporters at the Defence Ministry this afternoon. Photo: Siam Rath