Army may sue 'red shirt' who called for uprising

national March 17, 2014 00:00


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THE ARMY is considering taking legal action against a man claiming to be red-shirt Wuthipong "Ko Tee" Kotchatham for calling for an uprising against the military over the radio.

A YouTube video features “Wuthipong” in a phone interview telling a radio host that he has stored arms and supplies to fight the Army in a battle of the “giant elephant and red ants”. 
He also urged fellow red shirts to donate material, saying moral support was no longer enough. 
The armed struggle against the military would kick off as soon as the National Anti-Corruption Commission indicts caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, also the defence minister, for alleged dereliction of duty in allowing the corruption plagued rice-pledging scheme to continue, he said.
“Not only my faction, the Independent Red, the Siam Red are ready. The day they suspend the PM from duty, that day will be the ‘Gunfire Breaking Out Day’ for Bangkok. 
“We are eyeing banks such as Bangkok Bank, TMB Bank, Siam Commercial Bank to borrow money and we will borrow supplies from convenience stores and borrow petrol from gas stations. Once peace returns, we will pay back what we had borrowed,’’ the man said.
Colonel Winthai Suvaree, deputy Army spokesman, said yesterday that the military’s legal department would check the video for any offence.
Suriyasai Katasila, coordinator of the Green Politics group, said the Pheu Thai Party and red-shirt movement appeared to be stepping up activities that he said have intimidated independent organisations and inflamed public opinion to bring them down. 
It showed that the government could not prove its innocence and that Yingluck could not deny her involvement, as she had never stopped her supporters from committing wrongdoing, he said.
The NACC would not only seek to prosecute Yingluck but also her whole Cabinet, as the rice-pledging scheme was a government policy, he said.

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