In response to the caretaker premier's concerns that the presence of soldiers' bunkers may impact the image of the Thai capital, Army chief Prayuth Chanocha has suggested the bunkers be decorated with flowers or pink curtains.
Prayuth said he will consider improving the look of the bunkers but stressed they were still needed to provide protection for the people.
Caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra recently expressed her concerns during a meeting with Prayuth and other top brass about the issues. She asked them to consider improving the bunkers and do something about the presence of soldiers carrying weapons in the capital.
When asked about the premier’s concerns, Prayuth jokingly said he might have to think about decorating the bunkers with flowers or hanging pink curtains.
Referring to soldiers carrying weapons, he said it was necessary and explained that the bunkers were necessary to shield them from the public eye.
“Soldiers have to be strong. They cannot show weakness,” he said.
The army has deployed the soldiers to the capital after a series of violent incidents during the antigovernment protests, which resulted in deaths and injuries on both sides.
Prayuth added that the army did not take sides, neither the protesters nor the government. “We provide safety and protection to ensure that no violence happens,” he said.