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Gen. Prawit asks anti-coup protesters ‘is there a coup?’

AS People’s Party gets ready to hold a rally against coup d’etat at Ladprao intersection this evening (Nov. 27) Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan countered by pointing out there isn’t one taking place, Siam Rath newspaper reported.

Asked by reporters whether this evening’s rally to train against a coup is an attempt to rouse the people,  Gen. Prawit replied, “and is there a coup?”

Questioned whether he was concerned there might be violence at this evening’s demonstration similar to the incident at the rally outside Siam Commercial Bank head office on Wednesday Nov. 25 when a gunman threw a ping pong bomb and shot two volunteer guards, Gen. Prawit said to go ask them and not question him about this issue.

Meanwhile Mr. Thepthai Senpong, Democrat Party MP from Nakhon Si Thammarat province, said the rally to practice for a coup this evening is an attempt by the People’s Party to liven up their gathering and prevent them from becoming monotonous.

This era’s new generation thinks creatively and continuously changes the conventional pattern, he added.

Thepthai personally believes that a coup would not be mounted in the current political situation because increasing political awareness of the people and resistance on all sides means it might not be successful.

Moreover the authorities have also said there would not be one, he pointed out.


Top: Gen. Prawit talking to reporters at Government House this morning. Photo: Siam Rath


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