Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

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Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby phuketrichard » Tue May 20, 2014 7:05 pm

If Thailand was not in such a serious situation this would be comcal;

ON Thai news Suthep want the intern PM to step down.



BANGKOK — In a press briefing today on the military's rationale for declaring martial law, the commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army took an aggressive tone with reporters who asked him about the country's future.



"Didn't you hear what I just said?" Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed at a reporter when she asked him how long martial law was expected to last. "When peace and safety returned to the country, when there's stability, we will repeal the martial laws," the army commander-in-chief answered.

When another reporter asked whether the declaration of the martial law means the military can now wield authority without the government's approval, Gen. Prayuth responded, "Where is the government? Where are they now?"

He continued, "Let me put it this way, I will let the officials work. I won't be interfering with the government. The army and bureaucrats will continue to work. Don't worry. Things are still normal in this country. We will try not to violate human rights — too much. We will try not to cause inconvenience to the public."

The press conference is the first time Gen. Prayuth, who is now chairman of the recently-installed Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC), spoke publicly since the martial law was unexpectedly invoked at 3:00 a.m. this morning.

Prior to the press conference, Gen. Prayuth met with state officials and heads of government agencies at the Army Club on Viphavadee Road, which the POMC has adopted as a temporary headquarters, to discuss the solutions for the current political crisis.

Gen. Prayuth also insisted that putting the country under martial law was necessary to prevent possible "bloodshed" between pro- and anti-government protesters who are both rallying in the capital city.

On Saturday, the anti-government People's Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) announced plans to launch "one last fight" to topple the government of caretaker Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisarn and replace it with an unelected "People's Council" headed by an appointed "nonpartisan" PM.

The Redshirts, who have been organising their own rally on Aksa Avenue in western Bangkok, adamantly oppose the plan and have warned to "escalate" their protests if an unelected Prime Minister is installed.

To defuse the conflict between the rival protest groups, Gen. Prayuth said the army may summon both groups to meet with the military for a dialogue aimed at resolving their disputes.

When a reporter asked Gen. Prayuth when the meeting will occur, he responded,"They will come here anyway whenever I tell them to.”

He added, "I will summon all sides. All sides. We will talk with all sides. Don't ask me what sides we will talk to. We will summon all sides. That's why we need power under martial laws, okay? Otherwise who would listen to us?"

The caretaker government has yet to publicly respond to the military's declaration of the martial law.

An abbreviated transcript of the Q&A between Gen. Prayuth and reporters:
(You can watch the video in Thai here)

Reporter: Commander, what is the time frame of the martial laws?

General Prayuth Chan-oha: Didn't you hear what I just said? When peace and safety returns to the country, when there's stability, we will repeal the martial laws.

Reporter: So if peace doesn't return in 3 or 6 months, the martial laws--

Prayuth: I don't think it would reach that point.

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Reporter: Will the army serve as mediator and invite both sides for a dialogue?

Prayuth: That matter is still under discussion. It's something we have to do, okay? Today we invited bureaucrats for dialogue. In the future we will invite the adversaries in this conflict. We will do this under an atmosphere of peace. If there is no peace, if there are still attempts to incite violence or chaos, then there will be no way to reach understanding. Therefore, all sides must stop first. Otherwise there will be no understanding.

Reporter: Will the army invite them soon to defuse the situation?

Prayuth: They will come here anyway whenever I tell them to.

Reporter: You mean you will summon Kamnan [Suthep Thaugsuban] and--

Prayuth: I will summon all sides. All sides. We will talk with all sides. Don't ask me what sides we will talk to. We will summon all sides. That's why we need power under martial laws, okay? Otherwise who would listen to us?

Reporter: What about the government, the Senate ---

Prayuth: Alright, alright, we will take it step by step. It's my business. Don't ask me everything. If you ask me everything, nothing will get done. No one can answer about the future; there are things no one can answer. Just wait and see what will happen. But I can assure you we will not let bloodshed happen in Thailand.

Reporter: Do you think there should be election?

Prayuth: I suggest you go visit a doctor and do something about your ear.
:facepalm:

Reporter: What is the status of the government at the moment?

Prayuth: Well, you should go... You already know the answer. Why are you asking me this?


Reporter: I don't know the answer. That is why I am asking you.

Prayuth: Go ask someone who knows the answer. I am here to maintain peace and order.
:plus1:

Reporter: So the army can do things without having to seek approval from the government?

Prayuth: Where is the government? Where are they now? Well, they should continue working. For the country. Working. Okay, let me put it this way, I will let the officials work. I won't be interfering with the government.
The army and bureaucrats will continue to work. Don't worry. Things are still normal in this country. We will try not to violate human rights -- too much. We will try not to cause inconvenience to the public. There are still many provisions in the martial laws we have not used.

Reporter: Commander, will curfew be imposed?

Prayuth: I am talking about that right now. I have not imposed it.

Reporter: Is there a possibility of curfew?

Prayuth: Do you want me to impose one? I will place a curfew on the media first. Alright, that's it. Thank you all of you. And please give your support to the military and the police.

UNfucking real!!! an he is in charge

Expect a bloodless coup in the next few days as thats the ONLY way they will get both sides to the table and call for an election that will be held.

One pf Thaksin relatives will run and win an we will go round and round until.... :please:
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby Kung-fu Hillbilly » Tue May 20, 2014 7:36 pm

Unbelievable. What an embarrassment for the Thai people to have representatives like this being broadcast to the international community.

"I will summon all sides. All sides. We will talk with all sides. Don't ask me what sides we will talk to... "

"We will try not to violate human rights — too much."

You don't need a long neck to be a goose, it seems.
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby StroppyChops » Tue May 20, 2014 8:20 pm

Kung-fu Hillbilly wrote:"We will try not to violate human rights — too much."
Seriously? This is a direct quote?
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby Milord » Tue May 20, 2014 9:59 pm

Pretty funny interview. He needs better acting lessons.
Someone wound him up and said, "Do it.", "Do What?", "You know. Something. Your Job.", "What's That?", "We'll let you know ... Later."

Proxy by Army.(CIA)
He can't answer those simple questions because he hasn't been told yet either.
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby phuketrichard » Wed May 21, 2014 8:58 am

all i can tell you is he is NOT a politician and could care less, he is not trained how to speak ( unlike Yingluck)
he has a job to do an will get it done to protect the people ( and Monarchy) as much as he can.

No idea what the quote above is for an absolute Monarchy as thats not what they have here,

"The Thailand government is based on a constitutional monarchy quite similar to that of the United Kingdom in which a Prime Minister serves as head of a parliamentary government and a hereditary Thai king functions as head of state. "

The king can not be seen to be involved in the Government at all, although all coups ( and the current Martial law) for sure was tacitly approved by him.
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby Milord » Wed May 21, 2014 9:19 am

I agree with what you are saying. My point was that it's acting like an Absolute Monarchy when you clear the smoke and mirrors.
The "constitutional monarchy" is a fabricated veneer.
As you yourself say, "The king can not be seen to be involved in the Government at all, although all coups ( and the current Martial law) for sure was tacitly approved by him."
I was asserting that after umpteen coups that the veneer is now transparent.
Officially you are correct. In practice I am.

edit: Looks like the Yellows will get what they want. The Reds will be found illegal and banned before the next election. Just a guess based on past events. You will know more than I for sure. What do you guess will happen?
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby phuketrichard » Wed May 21, 2014 10:04 am

hahahhaa
been living here to long to speculate on what will happen as i cant understand the Thai mentality.
and at the end of the day it affects us here in Phuket, very little who or what is in control.

I have my little piece of paradise, am not tied to tourists so could care less if they come or not, have my long tern extension so am not concerned with the enforced visa regulations ( until they change that)

IF there is another election in August ( which is far to soon) the reds ( backed by Thaksin) will win an one of his relatives will be put in power an we will be right back to here it was years ago.

Until he fucking gets out of Thailand and politics ( which he wont) Thailand will never have peace . and when his majesty dies......

The Army has made the right move as it puts a stop to the constant infighting between reds/yellows
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby Milord » Wed May 21, 2014 10:43 am

I'm glad you're insulated from all the crap. What type of visa allows you such independance?
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby phuketrichard » Wed May 21, 2014 11:36 am

Being OLD hahhahahaha
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Re: Question and Answer with Gen. Prayuth

Postby Milord » Wed May 21, 2014 11:40 am

Good I qualify then. lol


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