Army Commander in Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday that the army would be closely monitoring the situation following the government’s announcement that it was imposing a state of emergency in Bangkok and its outskirts for two months.
He was not worried about the invocation of the decree but on its implementation by the authorities concerned.
The emergency decree could make the situation better or worse. The public might have to monitor the situation, he said.
“However if violence erupts and the situation spirals out of control, the army will have to intervene to settle the problems. However, I personally think that will not happen," Prayuth said.
He declined to comment on the government's decision to invoke the decree, saying the army is still supporting the police, he main agency authorised by the decree to handle the situation.
“The army will provide protection for officials of concerned authorities, protesters and the public. We will not take sides and I hope people will understand and be fair to us in our jobs," he said.