Thailand Coup Leader Warns Redshirts Against Protests

Posted: January 7, 2015 in Thailand
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Thailand’s junta chief today warned the military will “take action” under martial law if protests occur as a result of impeachment proceedings against ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

On Friday the army-stacked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will begin the impeachment of former Prime Minister Yingluck for driving through a costly rice subsidy scheme.

Thailand’s first female premier, who is due to appear at the assembly on Friday, was removed from office by a court ruling shortly before the military coup in May knocked out the rump of her administration.

Observers say a vote to impeach her — which carries an automatic five-year ban from politics — could stir her ‘Red Shirt’ supporters to protest, ending months of relative calm since the army grabbed power and imposed martial law on the kingdom.

But junta chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha, the prime minister, shrugged off any potential revival of the street protests which have blistered Thailand’s recent political history.

“There will be no protest, they can’t protest. If they don’t accept the ruling, we will take action, that’s it,” he told reporters.

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