Democracy activists warned to be careful

national June 22, 2015 01:00

By THE NATION

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ANY anti-government groups planning to celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Siamese Revolution of 1932 - sometimes called the advent of Thai democracy - on Wednesday better not stray out of bounds, PM's Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana warned yeste



Thailand is currently being governed under special circumstances, so any groups that have a problem with that must follow the law and organise constructive activities.
With speculation about a looming counter-coup rife on the Internet, there appears to be attempts to cause a rift between the government and the National Council for Peace and Order, Suwaphan said.
“They spread the rumours systematically. The government knows the people involved in the process but only their nicknames. We don’t know who they are. We know where the information was released from, like what countries. They are just a distortion of the truth to cause misunderstanding,’’ he said.
The political struggle is a struggle of ideologies, he said. 
“It’s normal that when there’s a government, there will be an opposition. We just have to ensure fair play. We don’t have to kill the chickens before the monkeys,” he said, using a euphemism for causing fear among the population by singling out a few for punishment. “We just have to rationalise or resort to reason.”
The government has not been able to extradite people embracing different opinions because they’re still putting up a fight, he said.

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