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Politically motivated fundraising events prohibited

Holding any politically motivated fundraising events is against martial law and organisers would face legal action for violating NCPO orders, the junta chief warned Friday night.

Prayuth said he did not believe it was appropriate to be holding political fundraising events at present. If one political group holds such an event, then its rival group could also do the same, he said.

"I ask you not to do it again. If you want to talk, do it quietly at home," the general said. "You can't hold a political gathering in a public place. It's against martial law. If you do it again, everybody involved will be summoned to face legal action for violating an NCPO order."

Martial law prohibits a political gathering of five people or more.

Prayuth also told the mass media to double-check claims involving NCPO figures before reporting.

He dismissed as groundless a claim that he was part of "a group of people who opposed the previous government".

"I didn't plot anything with anyone [during the six-month period before power seizure]," he said.

He did not identify anybody in particular, but it is believed he was referring to People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban. It was reported that Suthep told guests at a fundraising dinner last week he had been advising Prayuth on how to root out the influence of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies since the 2010 political turmoil.




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