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Royalist movement aims to get rid of red-shirts: Somkid

Somkid Chueakong, a former Pheu Thai Party MP, said yesterday that a royalist organisation set up by Mongkutwattana General Hospital director Rienthong Naenna aimed to "get rid of" pro-Thakin Shinawatra red shirts and was dangerous for Thai society.

He said the Criminal Code's Article 112 was already in place to take action against those who violate the lese majeste law.

"A doctor should never do such a thing [setting up the "Organisation to Eradicate the Rubbish of the Nation"]. It's a purely dictatorial idea and dangerous for society," he added.

Kokaew Pikulthong, a core leader of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said the movement had not discussed any royalist moves as it deemed the matter a non-issue. If the organisation wants to take action, it needs to do so without any discrimination, he added.

"People from any political colour might violate the lese majeste law. Patriotism and royalism must be practised indiscriminately. Arming these people will be illegal and very dangerous," he warned.


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