PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Nov. 23) denied a coup d’etat is about to be mounted as rumoured pointing out that he has not announced one, Sanook.com reported.
Asked by reporters about chances of a coup being launched as well as a martial law being declared to cope with the string of protests as widely rumoured, Gen Prayut replied:
“It is said that there will be a coup or martial law announced. Is there anyone here to make such announcements? Or who could announce it since I haven’t done so, who will do it? Can you announce it yourself?
“They like picking up issues to constantly mobilize people.”
Gen. Prayut refused to answer a question about a possible move by the leaders of the People’s Party to head for the Crown Property Bureau, but instead told the reporters to go ask them why they want to hold a rally near this office.
“We have to find out what the objectives of the rally-goers are for doing so, why are doing this, asking me will only get you so far,” he said.
Asked about his viewpoint on effort being made to build up a scenario that would lead to the two different groups of protesters clashing, Gen. Prayut replied that there is no need to try for this because he is the head of the government and does not want any killings to take place.
No violence should be used because of the current Covid-19 pandemic and global economic problems.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut talking to reporters recently. Photo: NNT