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Decision may be 'up to Army'

A JUNIOR coalition party leader, who asked not to be named, said yesterday that the final decision on what happens with the disturbance and how it is brought to an end might end up being in the hands of the military.

"The Army cannot allow a people's revolution because nobody can control it if it happens. We can't have something like the French Revolution," he said.

He went on to say that the most important mission for the military could be to end the bloodshed and pave the way for amendments to the charter, adding that the current conflict could be put down to different legal interpretations of the Constitution, which was leading to a deadlock.

Besides, he said, things were getting tougher, with the red shirts ready to oppose anything that can be seen as a move to overthrow the government.

He also said he admired Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for the way she handled the tense situation between the protesters and the police. He said ordering the police to let the protesters march into Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) on Tuesday was a great strategy on her part.

"This was a perfect solution which avoided the loss of lives. Her command took the power out of the protesters. This would not happen if former PM Thaksin Shinawatra was handling the situation," the politician said.

Yet, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban wants to invoke the Constitution's Article 7, which would lead to the installation of a royally appointed prime minister. This move would most definitely result in violence, the source said.

"Article 7 cannot be implemented under a normal situation, which means Suthep will only achieve his goal if there is a political riot. Once he decides to become a street fighter, he cannot rest until he wins," the source said.

Separately, former PM and Chart Thai Pattana Party's chief adviser Banharn Silapa-archa led 14 former Chart Thai executives to apply for Chart Thai Pattana Party membership as their five-year political ban expired on Monday. Banharn, who was a coordinator for the government's political-reform forum, said he would not take part in mediations to solve the current conflicts as nobody would listen to him.


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