Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda on Tuesday suggested that supporters of former premier Yingluck Shinawatra not gather en masse to give her moral support when she hears the verdict in her court case next month.
“I understand what some people think but we have to put our country as the priority,” Anupong said. “I wish for there to be order.”
Yingluck is due in court on August 25 to receive the judgment for her alleged negligence in preventing corruption and irregularities in the rice-pledging scheme.
Her attendance at court last Friday attracted hundreds of supporters.
With even larger numbers of supporters expected for the verdict, Anupong has ordered provincial governors to “create public understanding” at the local level. “Giving moral support may be well intended but anything possible can happen,” he said.
He said at moment there were no concerns about local movements regarding the matter.