Former deputy prime minister Chaturon Chaisang on Saturday warned the government against arresting a rap group that released an anti-coup song.
Chaturon, a leading member of the Pheu Thai Party, said if the Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD) group was arrested, it would backfire against the government to the point where the government could fall.
The group's song Prathet Goo Mee (My F....ing Country's Got...) went viral on both YouTube.com and iTunes Thailand.
The government and police threatened legal action against the group, saying it published false information online, damaging the country.
But Chaturon said the group simply reflected injustice in the country through its creativity and did not say anything that was not true.